May is Melanoma Awareness Month. This year I want you to get naked for someone you love.
Why? Because melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer, yet when caught early, can have up to a 98% survival rate. Early detection of melanoma, therefore, is critical. The good news is that you can do something about it: Get naked.
You or someone you care about might have melanoma right now. Full body skin checks save lives and they’re easy to do. You can do it alone, or you can do it with someone you love.
Here’s what to do:
- Pick a day in May to get naked and do a skin exam. You’ve got 31 opportunities (and you’re likely to shed clothes at some point, so no excuses!)
- Go to this step-by-step self skin exam.
- Get naked.
- Perform the self skin exam, and take notes. If your husband, wife, or partner is around, then have them do the skin exam for you! Start at the top of the head and work your way down to the toes.
- Once you’ve done it, let us know! Post that you did your skin exam on Twitter and use the hashtag #GNFSYL. Share it on other social media platforms you use too.
- Share this story. There are thousands of undiagnosed melanomas out there right now and by catching even one early, someone’s life will be saved this month. It might be someone you love.
Melanoma Facts from the Skin Cancer Foundation:
- One person dies of melanoma every 57 minutes.
- An estimated 9,480 people will die of melanoma in 2013.
- About 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
- A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns at any age.
- One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.