January 2022 Newsletter

Happy 2022!

A new year is a great time to prioritize ways you can improve your health and life. Hopefully, keeping your skin safe and healthy is one of your 2022 goals.

Check yourself: First, open your calendar and schedule 10 minutes each month to perform a skin self-exam. It’s simple and could save your life. If you see something new, changing or unusual, be sure to get it checked right away! When identified and treated early, skin cancers are usually highly curable.

Check our self-exam tips, learn about the warning signs of skin cancer and take a look at our website to learn more about what to look for.

See a professional: Next, contact your dermatologist and schedule your annual skin check. It might take a while to get an appointment due to the pandemic, so now is the time to act. If you don’t have a dermatologist, use our tool to locate one of our member dermatologists near you.

Speak up: It’s important to note that early detection made the news this month when an aspiring med student saw a suspicious mole on the back of someone’s neck at a hockey game. It turned out to be a melanoma. The simple act of alerting a stranger and telling him to get checked likely saved his life.

Protect your skin: Make skin cancer prevention a part of your daily routine, year-round. And if you live in a region where winters are cold, here are some pointers to help you take extra good care of your skin!

snowy day

Even Snow Days Are Sun Days

With a chill in the air and snow on the ground, it may seem that the risk of sun damage is rather low. That simply isn’t the case. In fact, snow can multiply your UV exposure because it reflects the sun’s rays.

bundled up for snowy weather

Cold Dry Air Requires a Little Extra Skin Care

We spend a lot of time talking about skin cancer, but we’re also concerned with overall skin health. This means not only protecting your skin from sun damage, but also giving the largest organ in your body some TLC throughout the year.

Dr. Sarnoff Says

“Changing your habits and making skin health a priority can help you lower your risk of skin cancer and identify any suspicious spots before they become dangerous.” - Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD
winter scene

Three Things You Can Do for Your Skin in 2022

Here are some quick and easy healthy skin tips from our experts:

New on the Blog

920 Free Skin Cancer Screenings in 21 Communities
Highlights from our 2021 Destination Healthy Skin free screening and education program.

How Serious Is a Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
When Julie Bain was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) on her scalp, it seemed different, and a little more scary.

Speaking Up and Fighting Skin Cancer
People are speaking up in the fight against skin cancer and you can too. The louder our collective voice, the more people we can reach and the more lives we can save.

Ask the Expert: What Does It Mean if I Get an Inconclusive Biopsy Result?
Biopsies are used to help your doctor diagnose a variety of skin conditions, including infections, skin disorders and skin cancer.

“I Want to Keep Making a Difference.” Teen Speaks Up Against Tanning; Raises Funds for Skin Cancer Prevention
Inspired by family tragedy, a teenager uses her voice in the fight against skin cancer to speak up against tanning and raise funds to support The Skin Cancer Foundation

Looking Forward with Hope

2021 was a year of challenge and change. Throughout it all, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s community of skin cancer warriors, healthy skin champions, donors and partners came together in innovative ways to help us continue our lifesaving work.

Thank you!

Community Corner

Sharing about skin cancer. Last month, we asked our Facebook community about what the words “skin cancer” mean to them. Here’s what they shared:

"Skin cancer is a skilled adversary who shall not win this battle!!!!”

“It means fighting for my life!! Stage 3B and stage 2 Melanoma removed in 2019. Metastatic brain and bone tumors found in February this year. Brain surgery, radiation and immunotherapy!! Kicking Cancer’s Butt!!!”

“It means a lot of being on edge. Trying to deal with the cancer and putting up with people who still don’t think it’s real cancer. Been dealing with it for 30 years. It’s mentally draining but you do what you have to just to survive.”

“I lost my husband exactly a month ago after he lived with metastatic melanoma for three years. While to me “skin cancer” means grief, pain and fearing the unknown, it also means courage, grace and LIVING whatever time we have. Thank you for doing the work you do!”

“Means grief and fear - Grief: Dad died of melanoma when I was 22, My husband died of melanoma 7.5 years ago (they never found a primary). Fear: genetics and whether myself or more importantly my sons will end up dealing with melanoma too (we also live in Australia.)”

“Check, check and re-check!! Annual dermatology appointment, in a few months!”

“Heartbreak and devastation... I lost my husband to stage IV nodular melanoma when he was just shy of his 31st birthday and our 3-year wedding anniversary.”

“Early detection is the key, the 16th of the month for me is the 6-year anniversary for the passing of my sister from skin cancer. I never forgot skin checks.”

“It means it took my Dad away from me within 2 months because he didn't go get checked in time before it spread throughout his body without even knowing it.  I now go get checked proudly every 6 months and am a huge advocate for skin cancer screenings!”

“It means having over 200 skin cancers removed over past 25yrs squamous and basal cell plus numerous skin grafts and reconstructive surgery but I'm still going that's what matters!”

“I used to love the sun. Every now and then I go out in the sun and then it hits me. It hits me that I must be cautious.”

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