Why Melanoma Month Matters

Why Melanoma Month Matters

It’s Melanoma Month! Or otherwise known around the Nashville office - my favorite time to educate my readers and Nashville patients about melanoma. I’m extremely passionate about raising awareness about skin cancer, especially because there’s so much we can do everyday to minimize the risk of developing it. Even though our skin is an organ - that’s a fact that is often forgotten by most.

Today, I want to discuss the most obvious mode of defense against melanoma: sunscreen. Backed up by evidence presented at the 2017 American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting, it has come to light that sunscreens with an SPF higher than 50 are the most effective and important in reducing melanoma risk. I would add that it’s also important to look out for zinc in your product labels, as it is also a highly effective ingredient.

Here are some facts that I believe will help you understand why melanoma needs to be taken more seriously:

  • The lifetime risk of invasive melanoma has risen from 1 in 1500 in 1930 to 1 in 50 in 2017, and is projected to rise to 1 in 40 by 2020.

  • More than 1 American dies of melanoma every hour.

  • The lifetime risk of invasive melanoma among US males is 1 in 28, and 1 in 44 for females.

The good news? Melanoma is one of the few cancers out there where we actually know the cause! Melanoma is caused by ultraviolet radiation exposure, and thus the solution to reduce your risk for melanoma is simple: minimize your exposure to ultraviolet light. And the first step you can take is easy - purchase a sunscreen with SPF 50+ containing zinc.

This month, we’re making it even easier for our Nashville patients to have the best protection - by giving you 20% off all our sunscreens! Shop our sunscreens here or in-person at a Skin Solutions Dermatology practice near you.

Source: Dermatology

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD