By: Mary Kate Phan
On one of my many voyages through the Internet realm, I came across a rather startling statistic: One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 52 minutes).1
Let’s give that a moment to sink in:
One person dies of melanoma every 52 minutes?!
I don’t know about you, but I find this frightening for a few reasons:
- There are 24 hours in a day – that’s 24 chances A DAY that it could be me.
- In the past, my father had melanoma removed from his skin. He could’ve easily been a part of that statistic and my daughter would be growing up without a grandpa right now.
- Despite the fact that your skin is the largest and most exposed organ of the body, it is a less publicized disease. Awareness is disproportionate to risk. How many people are walking around in danger unbeknownst to them?
Prior to my work in the healthcare industry, I sort of dismissed melanoma as one of the “lesser cancers” (despite my neurotic behavior regarding the sun). I now know that nothing could be further from the truth. Skin cancers, like melanoma, kill just as swiftly and unforgivingly as any other type of cancer. In fact, they are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S.2
In my ponderings on the matter, it really got me thinking: What are some of my hourly day-to-day activities? How am I spending these valuable minutes when it wasn’t me?
Here’s what I quickly came up with:
- – Binging on Netflix
- – Driving to work
- – Food shopping
- – Going to the gym
- – Laundry
- – Making dinner
While these undertakings are (arguably) necessary parts of my everyday life, is there something more productive I could be doing with the time that the Melanoma gods have given me?
It turns out, there is. I could be getting a skin screening through the MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program…
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- Skin Cancer Foundation: Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts#melanoma.
- Cancer Facts and Figures 2016. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/document/acspc-047079.pdf. Accessed May 13, 2016.