Statement by Paul J. Carniol, MD – 222nd President of the Medical Society of New Jersey:
May 22, 2014
“May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and the statistics are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and about 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. An estimated 2,530 New Jersey residents were diagnosed with melanoma in 2009 alone.
In addition, a recent survey by the American Academy of Dermatology determined that young adults are not aware of the dangers of tanning beds and how to properly protect their skin from sun damage. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for teens and young adults 15-29 years old.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches and the start of the summer season begins, remember to seek shade whenever possible, cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses and always use sunscreen. Remind your friends and family members – young adults in particular – about the consequences of all types of tanning, including the risk of skin cancer. Stay safe and have a happy and health summer!”