Skin Cancer Rates Still Rising
It appears that progress has been made against many cancers, but not so much for skin cancers. The American Academy of Dermatology warns against not taking skin cancers seriously and/or assuming that other healthcare providers will identify anything that requres attention.
In yesterday's roundup of dermatology related news, the AAD reported the following:
In a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune (7/25), Mark Lebwohl, president of the American Academy of Dermatology, wrote, “I would like to remind Tribune readers that while the article ‘To screen or not to screen?’ alluded to decreasing cancer rates, there is one cancer where rates continue to increase — skin cancer.” Lebwohl added, “It’s vitally important for people to be their own health advocates by learning how to check their skin regularly and seeing a board-certified dermatologist if they notice anything changing, itching or bleeding on their skin.”