One in Five

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One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.*

If that statistic isn’t enough to scare you into slathering on sunscreen and covering up every time you’re outside, perhaps this will:

Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) at least once.*

As of 2012, the average life expectancy of Americans is just shy of 80 (or 78.74 years), meaning that while 20% of Americans are bound to develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, nearly half of those who reach retirement age will have to deal with the treatment of some form of nonmelanoma skin cancer.

These statistics became that much more real after a week at the PGA Merchandise Show.  It seemed like every other older gentleman who visited the Sun Therapè PRO SPORT booth confessed to having something lasered or cut off of their bodies.  Many even professed to having had Mohs surgery performed on their face (a procedure that has been accepted as the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (BCCs and SCCs), the two most common skin cancers).*  Not coincidentally, these were the same people most interested in discussing sunscreen, which is wonderful in regard to their increasing level of sun protection awareness, yet unfortunate in that it took dire circumstances and multiple trips to the dermatologist to bring about that level of understanding.

 Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.*

So if you intend to spend any time outside, don’t forget to first protect your skin.

 

SOURCE: Skin Cancer Foundation

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