How to Prevent Skin Cancer
I want to thank my dermatologist and Mom Friend, Dr. Madeleine Krauss for Krauss Dermatology, giving me stern and consistent warnings on the importance of wearing SPF 30 sunscreen and a hat daily. I think about her on those days when I thought I’d be outside at school pick up for 5 minutes but end up at the playground for an hour without sunscreen on. Those are the days I hope I don’t run into her but that is just my guilty conscience talking.
She is also that generous neighbor who supports the community around her and can be counted on for a donation pretty much any fundraiser from the public library to the Historical Society to our elementary school. She’s also passionate — more than any other doctor I’ve ever met — about preventing cancer and in her case, melanoma specifically.
GIVEAWAY! I am giving away Elta UV Sunscreen!
Congrats to Jackie who won the giveaway!
The statistics around melanoma are astounding:
- One-in-50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma.
- In 2009 nearly 63,000 were diagnosed with melanoma in the United States, resulting in approximately 8,650 deaths.
- The projected numbers (according to the National Cancer Institute) for 2012 are even higher with 76,250 diagnosis and 9,180 deaths.
Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide.*
The latest medical research indicates that tanning beds are worse than sun exposure and should be avoided. Preventing melanoma is as simple as wearing sunscreen and a hat daily, habitually. Sounds simple enough, right?
Dr. Krauss is making this personal. She is donating $1/Like towards Melanoma research. Please LIKE her Facebook page. Your LIKE can save lives. Thank you!
If you need more persuasion as to why you should wear sunscreen, please watch this video titled Dear 16-Year-Old Me.
* Stats from the Melanoma Research Institute
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