One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.
Preventive measures include:
-stay in the shade.
-reapply every two hours
-look for new or changing spots on your skin.
-see a Dermatologist once a year for routine skin check
-see a Dermatologist immediately if a lesion starts being itchy or changing colors.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. When not caught at an early stage, it has a high probability of spreading (metastasizing) and potentially becoming lethal.
However, the two other major skin cancers — basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma (BCC and SCC) — are no trifles. While not often fatal, these nonmelanoma skin cancers can be extremely destructive if not detected and treated early.
If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable, but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that at present, more than 135,000 new cases of melanoma in the US are diagnosed in a year. In 2015, an estimated 73,870 of these will be invasive melanomas, with about 42,670 in males and 31,200 in women.