by Michelle

Six Facts About Melanoma

May 10, 2016


Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United Sates, and melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the first Monday in May, Melanoma Monday provide an ideal opportunity to promote the benefits of sun safety and explain how early detection greatly improves prognosis, according to Shelby Moneer, MS, CHES, director of education for the Melanoma Research Foundation.

“The majority of melanoma is caused by ultraviolet exposure, so if we can educate people about preventing UV damage through easy and quick sun safety practices, we have a chance to reduce melanoma diagnoses and deaths.”

In observance of Melanoma Monday and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, HemOnc Today complied six updates related to melanoma incidence, prevention and detection.

  1. Risk for melanoma appears to be on the rise in people aged older than 40 years, particularly women. Early detection greatly improves the likelihood of treatment success. So what are the symptoms of melanoma? Read more
  2. Melanoma rates in the United States doubled within 3 decades, according to the CDC’s Vital Signs report. Incidence increased from 11.2 cases per 100,000 people in 1982 to 22.7 cases per 100,00 people in 2011. Read more
  3. Women aged 30 years of younger who tanned indoors were 6 times more likely to develop melanoma than those who did not tan indoors, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. Read more
  4. Widespread use of indoor tanning – considered a key contributor to skyrocketing melanoma incidence, particularly among women – declined during a recent 3-year period. Read more
  5. The FDA proposed rules regarding the use of sunlamp products. Recommendations included restricting tanning bed us to individuals aged 18 years and older, as well as requiring signatures so consumers acknowledge they have been informed that use of sunlamp products may pose risks to their health. Read more
  6. Advances in technology may allow individuals to better monitor skin changes on their own. During a presentation at HemOnc Today Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies, Suraj S Venna, MD, medical direction at Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center, reviewed data on the efficacy of self-diagnosis of melanoma and skin cancer. He also discussed the potential benefits of and concerns associated with consumer dermoscopy. Watch video

Article originally posted on HemOnc Today