GetNaked. It's pretty simple, really.
Pasadena, California. Warren, Michigan. Killeen, Texas. What do they have in common? Around 137,000 people.
137,000 is also the number of people who will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Imagine an entire town: mothers, fathers, children, teens, friends, and spouses - all diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Melanoma can be deadly. But it can also be treatable - if you catch it before it spreads. Early detection is a simple but important way to protect your health. There are just three simple steps:
1) Don't be afraid to GetNaked.
Stand in front of the mirror and take a closer look at your skin - learn what you look like and what your "normal" is. Then, find out how to perform a skin self-exam - and if you see something funny or different, make an appointment with a dermatologist. Not sure where to start? Click here for tips!
2) Check your skin - regularly.
Research has shown that patients, not doctors, are the ones most likely to spot melanoma because they are most familiar with changes on their own skin. In fact, more than half of all melanomas are detected by everyday people - just by paying attention to new or changing features on a loved ones' skin.
3) Talk to others.
Don't be afraid to ask about a mole you're not sure about. Ask your spouse, your partner, a friend or family member to help you keep track of suspicious moles and check hard-to-see places. Don't be shy - melanoma isn't, and it doesn't discriminate. Melanoma can develop on anyone - no matter their age, gender or race.
Share the awareness - help others catch melanoma early!
Share your support by posting or tweeting these sample social media statuses and tell your friends to do the same! Then, change your profile pictures to share the importance of early detection and melanoma awareness.
Facebook (use #GetNaked, #melanoma and be sure to Like the MRF’s Facebook page):
- I'm ready to #GetNaked, are you? Did you know that 1 in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with #melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in their lifetime? Join me and show support for everyone who has been affected by melanoma by sharing this status and changing your profile picture – telling the world you’re not afraid to #GetNaked if it means you’ve saved just one life. www.melanoma.org/getnaked
- Detecting #melanoma early might mean the difference between life and death. #GetNaked with a loved one and check your skin! Help me raise awareness about melanoma by sharing this status and changing your profile pic – tell the world you’re ready to #GetNaked! www.melanoma.org/getnaked
- I'm ready to #GetNaked - are you? Catching #melanoma early could save your life. Share this status if you or someone you know has melanoma & change your profile picture to show your support! www.melanoma.org/getnaked
Twitter (use #GetNaked, #melanoma and the MRF’s Twitter handle, @CureMelanoma, so we can retweet you!):
- I'm ready to #GetNaked for #melanoma - are you? Check yr skin, check a friend or loved one, & share our guide! @CureMelanoma http://ow.ly/vHp5w
- Tell the world you’re ready to #GetNaked & raise #melanoma awareness @CureMelanoma http://ow.ly/vHp5w
- #Earlydetection saves lives - change your pic & tell the world ur ready to #GetNaked for #melanoma! @CureMelanoma http://ow.ly/vHp5w
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