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Melanoma Facts

Melanoma is a very deadly disease. Every eight minutes, someone in the United States will be given a melanoma diagnosis and every hour someone will die fro
m the disease. These are facts so many don't know!

Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes and, because most of these cells still produce melanin, the tumors often look like brown or black moles. Melanoma is almost always curable in its early stages. However, Melanoma is much more likely to spread to other parts of the body.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
• Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and worldwide.
• Melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, including eyes, scalp, hands and feet.
• Melanoma is most common in men over the age of 50; in front of colon, prostate, and lung cancer.
• In ages 15–29, melanoma is the second most common cancer.
• The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic
  group, soaring by 50 percent in women since 1980.
It is estimated that this year there will be 73,870 new cases and 9,940 people will die from melanoma..YES
  these are the estimates for 2015!
• The lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 1 in 50 for whites, 1 in 1,000 for blacks, and 1 in 200 for 
• Melanoma can develop on anyone — no matter their age, sex, or race.
• The majority of melanoma is caused by exposure to UV light and sunlight.
• It takes only one blistering sunburn, especially at a young age, to more than double a person’s chance of
  developing melanoma later in life.
• Exposure to tanning beds before age 30 increases a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 75%, and
  younger people who regularly use tanning beds are eight times more likely to develop melanoma than
  people who have never used them. Occasional use of tanning beds triples their chances. If you wish to proactive and get a check up every year. Early detection is huge!
• Unlike all other cancers, melanoma is often visible on the skin, making it easier to detect in the early stages.
• Most melanoma is curable in the early stages with an over 90% survival rate.
• The most dangerous aspect of melanoma is its ability, in later stages, to spread to other parts of the body -
  most often the brain, lungs and liver.

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