Did you know that nearly 80,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma this year? That's the equivalent of the entire population of Somerville, Massachusetts. Or Troy, Michigan. Or Buena Park, California. Imagine - an entire town: mothers, fathers, children, teens, friends and lovers - all diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Melanoma can be deadly. But if you catch it early - before it spreads - it can be treated. How can you do that, you ask? Read on.
Check your skin - regularly.
Research has shown that patients, not doctors, are 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 their or their loved ones' skin. GetNaked in front of the mirror and take a closer look at your skin. Learn how to perform a skin self-exam - and if you see something funny or different, make an appointment with a dermatologist.
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):
- Did you know 1 in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with #melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in their lifetime? Join me in showing support for everyone who has had melanoma or knows someone with melanoma - share this status and change 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 not afraid to #GetNaked! www.melanoma.org/getnaked
- Are you ready to #GetNaked & check your moles? 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!):
- Get ready, get set, #GetNaked to raise #melanoma awareness! Check yr skin-catch #melanoma early! @CureMelanoma http://ow.ly/vHp5w
- Pls share to tell the world you’re not afraid to #GetNaked to raise #melanoma awareness @CureMelanoma http://ow.ly/vHp5w
- Save lives by raising awareness of #melanoma - change yr pic & tell the world to #GetNaked http://ow.ly/vHp5w
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