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Greetings from your Wesley Nurse

Dawn Gonzales, R.N. -- 210-654-0404, ext. 142


May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection
and Prevention Month

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and theAmerican Academy of Dermatology

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV

radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous

kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Nearly 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour.

The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.

How can Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action to prevent or detect it, both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

Encourage families to adopt good habits together, like wearing sunscreen and limiting their time in the sun.

Motivate teachers and administrators to teach kids about the harm of UV radiation and why it’s important to protect yourself.

Identify youth leaders in your community who can talk to their peers about taking steps to prevent skin cancer.

Partner with a local hospital, state fair or similar organization to host a skin cancer screening event.

For more information on this health topic, please visit the websites for the

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at:

And the American Academy of Dermatology at: and

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Dawn Gonzales, R.N.WUMC Wesley Nurse