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the Melanoma Action Coalition.


MAC is a group of individuals and community-based melanoma foundations dedicated to increasing awareness, education, prevention, and research in the fight against skin cancers

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The most common form of cancer

is also the most preventable.

Skin cancer is the number one disease- related cause of death for people under 40 in America. There are more than 3-million cases a year — more than breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer combined. Melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, takes a life every 54 minutes.

/ Men and women with a history of non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, have a 15% and 26% increased risk, respectively, of developing another form of cancer compared with those who had no such history.
/ People who have been diagnosed with either basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer have double the risk of developing another type of cancer when compared to those with no history of the disease.
/ People between 25 and 44 years of age who have been diagnosed with skin cancer have the "strongest association" with developing another form of cancer.
/ The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.
/ Consuming a one cup serving of grapefruit or orange juice more than 1.6 times daily was found to increase the risk of melanoma by 36%.

/ Melanoma is more deadly in people of color, and are likely to be diagnosed in its later stages. They also have the worst prognosis and the lowest overall survival rates.
/ About 52% of African-Americans and 26% of Hispanics find out they have melanoma after it has already spread, compared with 16% for Caucasians.
/ 65 percent of African Americans report never using sunscreen.
/ Higher levels of melanin in darker skin provides some protection, but the efficacy of melanin as a sunscreen is about
/ 1.5-2.0 sun protective factors (SPF); possibly as high as SPF 4. A minimum SPF 30 is recommended for adequate protection.

/ Perspiration on the skin lowers the minimal erythema dose, the lowest ultraviolet (UV) light exposure needed to impact the skin.
/ You become even more susceptible to a burn, and with continued exposure, to wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer.
/ Data shows that more than 90 percent of NCAA student-athletes participating in outdoor sports do not use sunscreen.
/ If you’re a rower or surfer, you’re even more susceptible to skin cancer since the sun’s rays reflect off water.
/ Skiers, snowboarders and other alpine sport athletes have an especially high risk because ultraviolet (UV) radiation increases at high altitudes — you lose 10% of atmospheric protection for every 1,000 feet in elevation, and the sun reflects more off snow- and ice-covered surfaces.
/ Very intense athletic training, such as preparation for marathons, has been reported to temporarily impair the immune system's function.
/ This impaired immune function may be associated with an increased risk of some types of skin cancer, including melanoma.

/ From ages 15-39, men are 55% more likely to die of melanoma than women in the same age group.
/ Women aged 49 and under have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast and thyroid cancers.
/ The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, soaring by 50% in women since 1980.

/ Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is damaging to the skin. It causes destruction of the outermost lining of the skin(epithelium) as well as damage to the deeper structures.
/ Collagen is a substance that provides a supporting framework for the skin. As we age, collagen decays, and wrinkles occur. UV radiation greatly accelerates this process and causes small breaks in the DNA of skin cells. This damaged DNA may cause a cell to ultimately form a cancer.
/ Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most commonform of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.

Oxybenzone / can cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones. Two European studies have detected oxybenzone and other sunscreen filters in mothers’ milk, indicating that the developing fetus and newborns may be exposed to these substances.

Zinc oxide / is an inorganic compound which has been used safely (non-irritating to the skin) for hundreds of years as a topical agent, nearly insoluble in water. A natural mineral used to shield against the harmful effects of the sun by forming a protective physical barrier over the skin that stops harmful UV rays, it provides excellent UVA- (type I and II) and UVB-blocking capability, giving a superb broad-spectrum protection as well as offering antimicrobial and non-sensitizing properties. Zinc oxide is an essential mineral that helps boost the body’s immune system and supports new cell production and healthy skin.

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