Maybe you don’t get yourself screened for skin cancer detection as often as you should (once a year the general recommendation) because it’s not as much fun as, say, a day out with friends to see a Ravens game or something? (Note: Sports fans who’ve logged hours in stadiums can’t afford to ignore their sun-baked skin.)
Come on, that’s just poor sportsmanship. With early detection, you have a great chance of treating and beating the disease. And I can tell you it’s not that physically challenging to pop into the dermatologist’s office for a scan. It’s all over in a few minutes and it’s empowering. Is it fun? Not really. Cheap? Not necessarily.
Unfortunately, those excuses no longer apply…
Next Thursday, you can catch a Ravens game and get a free skin screening before the September 27th night showdown against Cleveland. The team will provide this freebie service in partnership with Melanoma Exposed to help raise awareness of, well, melanoma. (By the way, to date the Melanoma Exposed initiative has screened more than 1,500 people at stadiums across the country. Go team.)
Still on the bench? Check these striking, locally relevant facts cribbed from the program’s press release: “Melanoma is an important issue in the Baltimore area — some Maryland counties rank among the highest for melanoma incidence rates in the US. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It kills one American every hour and men are twice as likely as women to die from the disease. Yet, according to a new survey, only nine percent of men report melanoma as a concern.”
Perhaps you’ve read about Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron’s melanoma diagnosis early in his career (see above). Because Cameron was responsible about getting screened, docs caught his condition early and treated him successfully.
In fact, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends you personally check your skin from head to toe each month for warning signs of anything suspicious like “new moles, growths, or any existing growths that begin to grow or change significantly…”
So eyeball yourself regularly starting right now. And check out the game Thursday to get the skinny on your skin from a professional, and have a fun night out in the rare bargain.
Learn more online about additional free skin cancer screening options available through the American Academy of Dermatology.
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