February 2022 Newsletter

February is the shortest month of the year, and in parts of the U.S., a strong winter chill is still in the air. For many, it’s a time to get outside for a brisk daytime hike, walk or ski. We’re here to remind you that even snow days are sun days. And if you’re on the slopes, remember that as your altitude increases, so does your risk for skin cancer. Practice sun safety, even when it’s cold outside.

If you have skin, you can get skin cancer, even if your skin rarely or never burns. Our Skin Cancer & Skin of Color page provides photos, facts and information on how to protect your skin and spot the warning signs.

Our goal is to provide you with information that empowers you to care for your skin and protect against skin cancer every season of the year.

Dr. Sarnoff Says

“Early detection plus prompt treatment equals the best outcome for any skin cancer. Often, time is of the essence. So, it is never a good idea to postpone a skin exam, especially if you notice anything new, changing or unusual.” - Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD

On the Blog

Bob Marley Should Not Have Died from Melanoma
Bob Marley was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma which ultimately claimed his life.

Spotlight on Seasonal Depression: Why Indoor Tanning Isn’t an Effective Treatment
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects millions of Americans, but hopping into a tanning bed won’t help. Here’s why visible light therapy is a safer, more effective way to ease symptoms.

Groundhog Day Kick Off: Follow Our Winter Skin Care Series
In honor of the groundhog, we’ve kicking off our winter skin care series, including some tried and true ways to keep skin healthy and beautiful during the winter months.

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Lips
When it comes to lip care, you should never slack off, especially during the winter. That’s why we’re sharing our best tips for getting beautiful, healthy lips.

Know Where to Go; Know What to Do

The Skin Cancer Foundation has joined Know Where to Go, Know What to Do, a coalition of organizations united in the mission to drive awareness in prioritizing women's health. The Know Where to Go, Know What to Do coalition creates one source for women to find trusted resources, education and support, simplifying her journey from preventative care to navigating the most challenging health matters. Learn more.

February 4: World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day was February 4, but our fight against the world’s most common cancer continues all year long.

Early detection saves lives
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide
1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70
More than 5,400 people worldwide die of nonmelanoma skin cancer every month

Q: Tell Us Your Skin Cancer Story #WorldCancerDay

“My mom noticed a dark freckle on my wrist when I was 17. I had it biopsied and found out it was stage 2 melanoma. Had surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, and thankfully it had not spread to my lymph nodes. 10 years cancer free this year.”

“I noticed a new growing mole on my ankle and had it removed. It came back stage 0 melanoma in 2020 when I was 26. I definitely feel incredibly lucky! I continue to be advocate for melanoma/skin cancer.”

“Started with a sore mole on chest. Doctor removed it reassuring me it was nothing. Came back to be squamous. Months later a very similar spot showed up on the back of my hand. Didn’t waste time, had it removed. Also squamous. Went to see dermatologist he found spot on back that was basal. After months of COVID lockdown, I finally made it to the dermatologist. She found a spot on my arm that looks like large freckle. It was melanoma. Thank God I went back for check-up. Praying for the best outcome.”

“Had a melanoma removed in 2006. Big scar & many scars since from biopsies. But cancer free today because of skin checks. I'll take my scars over the alternative!”

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