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May marked as Skin Cancer Awareness month

Indiana health officials have urged the residents of the state to take measures aimed at prevention of skin cancer. It is to be noted that May is observed as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month every year.

May marked as Skin Cancer Awareness month

Skin cancer is the top most cancer affecting the people in the US, according to Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer issues by The Surgeon General.

The two most common types of skin cancer are Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma is the third type, but the most aggressive one and responsible for only 1% of total number of skin cancer cases. However, melanoma represents maximum number of deaths due to skin cancer.

Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., the State Health Commissioner, stated that it is possible to avoid skin cancer. "Reducing exposure to the sun, wearing sunscreen and staying away from tanning beds and sun lamps can help Hoosiers avoid the physical, financial and emotional toll of this cancer diagnosis", said Adams.

"According to The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., with 5 million people treated each year. The two most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. A third type, melanoma, is more aggressive and accounts for just 1 percent of skin cancer cases, but causes the most skin cancer-related deaths. In 2013, 1,174 Hoosiers were diagnosed with melanoma, and 229 Hoosiers died as a result of the disease," said a news report published by WBIW.

"Skin cancer is preventable, and every Hoosier should protect their skin regardless of their race or ethnicity," said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. "Reducing exposure to the sun, wearing sunscreen and staying away from tanning beds and sun lamps can help Hoosiers avoid the physical, financial and emotional toll of this cancer diagnosis."