Though Melanoma is among the most treatable types of cancer, the state of Missouri has one of the highest death rates from this common disease. In fact, according to CDC.gov, Missouri is top 10 in the United States in Melanoma death rate, with a rate of 3.1 to 3.7 out of 100,000 people dying as a result of skin cancer. Interestingly enough, however, when it comes to the rates of contracting the disease, Missouri is only middle of the pack. There are potentially many reasons for this difference in death rate vs incidence; but, above all else, it is because of a lack of early detection.
If detected early on, Melanoma is easily treated; but, after it has spread, the potential of death vastly increases; as such, it is important to understand the severity of this type of skin cancer.
Here are a few sobering statistics:
While melanoma may be a very serious form of skin cancer, early detection truly is the very best line of defense. One of the main detection tools is using the >ABCDEs of skin cancer detection. During a monthly self-exam, you should be looking for moles or other skin growths that may be changing.
Following the ABCDEs and self exams are important for people who are at higher risk for developing skin cancers. In addition to monthly self exams, an annual exam from your doctor dermatologist should be done as well. This annual exam can be beneficial for those areas of your body that you may not be able to see during your regular self exams. At Laser Lipo and Vein Center, we are happy to help you with regular exams, as well as addressing any questions or concerns you may have about skin cancers.