A message from Assemblyman Dave Rible:Posted: July 24th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Dave Rible | Tags: Dave Rible, Melanoma, Skin Cancer | Comments Off on If You See A Spot, Check A Spot
With the summer season now here and tremendous excitement to get back to the beach, I strongly urge people to take preventative steps to guard against the most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma.
Over the last 30 years, the number of people diagnosed with melanoma has continually risen and the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 9,000 Americans will lose their battle with this deadliest type of skin cancer in 2013 alone. And that is only a fraction of the almost 77,000 cases of melanoma that are expected to be diagnosed this year.
Melanoma is different from most other cancers in that it commonly affects people of all ages. In fact, many melanoma victims are only in their twenties.
Like many other cancers, melanoma is very treatable if detected early. However, cases that are not treated early can become more serious and more difficult to treat, and can even be fatal.
I know firsthand the importance of early detection of this deadly disease. Having been diagnosed with malignant melanoma in January, I am thankful it was recognized early and was determined to be treatable.
However, many people diagnosed with melanoma are not so fortunate and that is why I strongly urge people to take advantage of the easy steps that can help to prevent this form of skin cancer. When going outside, using sunscreen is one of the simplest and most important ways to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
In addition, you should take advantage of skin screenings and be aware of any changes to your skin, especially moles that are suspicious in shape, color, or change in appearance over time.
While melanoma can be deadly, the good news is that it can be prevented and treated by being proactive and utilizing a few simple steps.
Dave Rible represents the 30th Legislative District in the New Jersey State Assembly. He is the Republican Conference Leader.
Posted: June 9th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: #STTS, Dave Rible, Health Care | Tags: Dave Rible, Melanoma, Skin Cancer | 7 Comments »