May 22, 2017 | by City of Hope
The skin is the body's largest organ, but it's also one of the most neglected. Skin cancer is — by far — the most common cancer among Americans. According to the National Cancer Institute, there were more than 2 million new cases of skin cancer in 2013 (the most recent year numbers were available). That includes approximately 87,110 new cases of its most deadly form, melanoma.
And the reason is as clear as day. Americans simply do not take enough precautions against the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Many even deliberately compromise their skin health for a tan.
But the good news is that there is much you can do to prevent skin cancer. And so, in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, here is everything you need to protect your skin this summer.
(If you are looking for a second opinion about your skin cancer or melanoma diagnosis or consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-4673. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.)