Get Naked For Someone You Love #GNFSYL

Mother and son

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:

  1. 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!)
  2. Go to this step-by-step self skin exam.
  3. Get naked.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

15 thoughts on “Get Naked For Someone You Love #GNFSYL

  1. Having a close friend diagnosed with melanoma recently, this is advice I will certainly follow and would recommend everyone else does!

  2. I do not know anyone with melanoma personally but I’ve heard stories and after seeing these facts I will definitely be getting naked. I will also recommend this to people I know. Thanks for sharing this information and keeping people informed!

    • Thanks, David. You’re exactly the kind of person I’m hoping to reach — someone who hasn’t necessarily been personally affected by melanoma but wants to be proactive. Thanks for recommending it too. The more informed people become, the more we’ll win the fight against skin cancer.

  3. When I was young i would frequently get burnt in summer. I’m now in my mid twenties and starting to get rather worried and paranoid about it. I’ve alreeady booked myself in to get a skin cancer check from a specialist in a few weeks time. I think i’m going to do one of these every 6 months from now on. The price you pay for being foolish at a young age.

    • Unfortunately, Pete, many of us were foolish when we were younger. I applaud you for booking a skin check. It’s not too late to start be sun smart.

  4. It is good that people are aware of this because early detection truly makes a difference in the prognosis of this condition. I hope a lot of people will be able to read this post and join the Melanoma awareness month.

  5. What a great idea! I always worry about my skin as I am very fair with lots of freckles and moles. However I think its a good idea to get your partner to check you over. You can’t really see the back of you properly so an extra set of eyes is a great idea.

  6. I have lots of moles, some since a child and maybe a few newer ones (maybe i just havent noticed them before!?) But what should I be looking for exactly? Thanks :)

  7. Yes I got my skin checked up yesterday at a skin cancer specialist.
    The doctor informed me that skin cancer awareness is at a full time high due to initiatives like yours and others. Great work.
    Looks like I missed the boat on going nude but will do it next year.

  8. When I was younger I use to always lay out in the sun and soak up those harmful rays without any protection. I now know that this is very bad for your skin and I regret that I ever did that. Do you have any advice on what I could do to protect my skin better and maybe reverse some of the damage I have caused in my earlier years? Thanks for the informative post. I always enjoy reading what you have to say. :)

    • Brittney, the best thing you can do is practice good sun protection now. You can’t reverse all sun damage, but you can limit further damage. If you’d like, you can talk with your dermatologist about the possibility of cosmetic procedures or topicals that can help with wrinkles and sun spots.

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