Because you have been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Because someone you know or love has been or will be diagnosed with skin cancer.
Because 1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with a form of skin cancer annually.
Because early detection of skin cancer can drastically increase the success of a patient’s treatment and recovery.
Because this year, more people will be diagnosed with skin cancer than any other form of cancer.
With information you have been given, you can become armed with valuable knowledge on how to spot changes in the skin that could potentially be a risk to your health or the health of others. Utilize this knowledge by examining your skin on a monthly basis to identify potential problem spots before they develop further. Speak openly with friends and family members regarding areas of the skin you feel are suspicious based on the techniques and clues previously discussed. Educate them on the proper ways to examine their skin monthly, what changes in their skin that may not be normal and encourage them to be diligent in performing these life saving activities. If an area of skin looks suspicious, consult your physician immediately.
We are told it is not polite to point at people, but when you point at a suspicious spot, you could be saving a life. As you become more educated on skin cancer prevention and monthly inspection techniques, you have an opportunity to become a Spotter and help drive down the number of people who are diagnosed with skin cancer.