May is National Skin Cancer & Melanoma Awareness Month!
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day and it is estimated that 32 people die of skin cancer every day. However, when detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Be sure to regularly check your skin for any new or changing spots using the ABCDEs of Melanoma. Also, it is important to practice sun safety by seeking shade between 10am-2pm, wear sun-protective clothing (ie. hats and sunglasses) and wear sunscreen with SPF 30+.
*Information from the American Academy of Dermatology
You can join DIGA in raising awareness about the prevention and detection of skin cancer this month by joining our American Academy of Dermatology – Skin Cancer Take a Hike team and by completing the Melanoma Research Foundation – Certified Melanoma Educator Course.
1. American Academy of Dermatology – Skin Cancer Take a Hike
To Join DIGA’s Take a Hike Team, follow the steps below!
Step 1: Register
Join DIGA’s team, by going to our Team Page: https://hike.aad.org/DIGA
Click ‘Join Team’ & ‘Sign-up for Free’
Step 2: Get Moving!
Once you are registered, work out in your home, take a walk around your neighborhood, go for a run, or track your everyday steps.
1. Pledge how many miles you plan to complete in May.
2. Track your progress on AAD’s Skin Cancer, Take A Hike official mobile app, where you can connect your Strava, Apple Health or Google Fit.
AAD’s Participant Guide can be found here.
Step 3: Spread the word!
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, claiming an estimated 32 lives every day. It is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. By sharing your commitment to take steps for skin cancer and reaching out to your network, you are joining the movement to spread the message of prevention and detection.
Every person who joins our team will be entered to win a prize at the end of May! Once you register on the AAD website, your name will automatically show up on our Team Page.
2. Melanoma Research Foundation – Certified Melanoma Educator Course
If you are looking to brush up on your knowledge of melanoma or add something to your CV, then join DIGA in completing Melanoma Research Foundation’s Certified Melanoma Educator Course! Get started here = https://melanoma-education-institute.teachable.com/p/2020-certified-melanoma-educator-course
Once you register (for free) and complete the modules + a 10 question quiz on the course website you will receive a Certificate of Completion for 2021. This course can also go under “Professional Development” on your CV!
Information from Melanoma Research Foundation: This course was developed in 2015 to encourage the MRF’s volunteers and advocates to take their commitment to melanoma awareness and education a step further, helping them become armed and confident with accurate messages and information. Since it’s launch, over 1,300 volunteers have taken the course!
Every person who completes this course during MAY and uploads their certificate of completion will be entered to win a prize at the end of May!
Completed certificates can be uploaded here = https://forms.gle/srmzQ9JT3S55dABT7
We encourage local DIG chapters to host a skin screening event! Visit spotme.org to find a free skin cancer screening and board-certified dermatologist in your area. The Melanoma Research Foundation is hosting virtual Miles for Melanoma.