Skin cancer is the most common cancer, a relentless disease that strikes one in five Americans. Here in the U.S. more people are diagnosed with the disease each year than all other cancers combined. Fortunately, when caught and treated early, skin cancer is highly curable. When allowed to progress, it can cause disfigurement and even death.
Skin cancer will not pause, and neither will we. During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, many of us are separated, but we can still come together to share the facts about skin cancer and help save lives. We’re in this together, and we’re grateful for everything you do to help spread the word!
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
Q: Are skin cancer patients at greater risk for COVID-19?
A:Because COVID-19 is new, physicians and scientists are still learning about the disease, including risk factors for developing severe illness. Older people and people with underlying health issues may be at higher risk for developing severe symptoms or complications. Patients receiving chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiation therapy and patients recovering from surgery may have a weaker immune system and may also be at greater risk. If you are concerned about your risk, check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for information on COVID-19: People Who Are at a Higher Risk of Severe Illness.