Why The Melanoma Research Foundation?
Little did we know that Melanoma is the most common cancer among young adults (25-29) and the second most common cancer for young people (15-29). We are joining the #GETNAKED Melanoma Research Foundation campaign to spread awareness of this disease and what each of us can do to lower our chances of being at risk of Melanoma. At BootayBag we encourage our babes to be the best and healthiest they can be because what's #UnderMatters, so, #GETNAKED AND CHECK YOURSELF; IT MIGHT JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Get informed about Melanoma:
- One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes).
- An estimated 73,870 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2015.
- An estimated 9,940 people will die of melanoma in 2015.
- Melanoma accounts for less than two percent of skin cancer cases but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.
- Of the seven most common cancers in the US, melanoma is the only one whose incidence is increasing. Between 2000 and 2009, incidences climbed 1.9 percent annually.
- 1 in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime.
- About 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
- Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men, along with liver cancer and esophageal cancer.
- Survivors of melanoma are about nine times as likely as the general population to develop a new melanoma.
- The vast majority of mutations found in melanoma are caused by ultraviolet radiation.
- Melanoma accounts for six percent of cancer cases in teens 15 to 19 years old.
- The overall five-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has spread to regional lymph nodes or other organs, is about 98 percent in the US. The survival rate falls to 63 percent when the disease reaches the lymph nodes and 16 percent when the disease metastasizes to distant organs.
- On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
- Half of all adults aged 18 to 29 report at least one sunburn in the past 12 months.
- Sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent.
- Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.