Do you know your ABC...DE's?
When a doctor performs a skin check, they look at every lump, spot and mole on your entire body; areas of concern are assessed for signs of skin cancer using the ABCDE method of melanoma detection. As kids we are taught to 'slip, slop, slap, seek and slide' but not that much about the ABCs of skin cancer - a simple process that allows anyone to check their skin for the warning signs of skin cancer.
Here's a quick primer
By answering these questions, you have just learned the ABCDEs of melanoma detection, the gold standard of self-checking...simple right?
Do both sides of this shape look the same?
Does this shape have a jagged border?
Does this shape have two or more colours?
Is this shape larger than 1/4 inch?
Has this shape changed in size, shape or color?
Help your employees and their families
With skin cancer incidence rates increasing year over year, there’s never been a better time to include sun safety programs and awareness in your corporate wellness program. 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. By educating your employees and promoting the importance of early detection, you can enhance your employee's lives whilst reducing healthcare costs across your entire organization. Better yet, the tools can be taken home and used by the whole family
Early detection saves lives
That’s not a throwaway line, it’s a fact that early detection saves lives with the added benefit of drastically reducing your healthcare costs
- The survival rate for an early stage melanoma diagnosis is 98%.
- Over 55% of costs associated with melanoma come from the treatment of late-stage lesions
- Each year more than 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer at an estimated cost of 8.1 billion, with incidence rates doubling in the past twenty years.
- Treating early-stage melanoma is up to 17x cheaper than late-stage melanoma, which can cost over $150,000.