Dr. Gina Caputo Talks Skin Cancer and What to Watch For

posted by Christa Cooper - 

Always nice having Dr. Caputo on the show to share such important information.  Below are some staggering stats she shared with me! In short, skin cancer can be treated if found early.  So, if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Caputo at Premier Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery at 302-633-7550 or find them online at www.premierdermde.com 

· About 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women).

· 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70

· 1 person dies an hour from melanoma

· Only 20-30% of melanomas are found in existing miles, while 70-80% arise on normal appearing skin

· Exposure to tanning beds before age 30 increases a person's risk of developing melanoma by 75%.

· Having 5 or more blistering sunburns early in life increases one's melanoma risk by 80%- melanoma research foundation

· Any history of indoor tanning increases the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma before age 40 by 69 percent.

· Women who have ever tanned indoors are six times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma in their 20s than those who have never tanned indoors. At all ages, the more women tan indoors, the higher their risk of developing melanoma.

· One study observing 63 women diagnosed with melanoma before age 30 found that 61 of them (97 percent) had used tanning beds.

· Individuals who have used tanning beds 10 or more times in their lives have a 34 percent increased risk of developing melanoma compared with those who have never used tanning beds.

 · People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.


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