Men, especially younger men, need to learn more about skin cancer and its symptoms, a recent study revealed.
The American Academy of Dermatology conducted the survey, which reported that while 90 percent of men in the United States knew at least something about skin cancer, just 61 percent were able to identify symptoms of the disease – signs that should send them to a dermatologist.
Another alarming result of the survey – just 18 percent of men go to the doctor on an annual basis for skin cancer screenings.
At Dermatology Associates P.C., we offer skin cancer screenings to men and women, with offices in Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin.
According to the Academy survey, many younger men incorrectly believed they are less apt to contract skin cancer.
The survey found that 31 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 34 believed they were less likely to get skin cancer, compared to older men. The younger men also were found to be more likely to protect their skin for cosmetic reasons, rather than for their health.
Studies reveal one in five people in America will contract skin cancer at some point in their lives. Experts predict by 2015 that one in 50 Americans will get melanoma, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer.
The Academy reports that in the past three decades, melanoma rates have continued to spike – with men over age 50 having a greater risk than other Americans.
In fact, nearly double the amount of men than women contract melanoma by the age of 60. By age 80, three times the number of men over women have melanoma.
The survey did offer good news.
Men, no matter their age, believe more information and dialogue about skin cancer is valuable. And 66 percent of men 18 to 34 are open to learning more about the disease from their peers. Nearly 60 percent of men over age 35 wish they had known more about skin cancer when they were younger.
Former New York Giants quarterback and NFL analyst Phil Simms is working with the Academy to encourage men to get screened for skin cancer and be aware of its dangers. Simms has suffered from the disease.
In the past three decades, Academy dermatologists have performed nearly 2.5 million free skin cancer screenings and found nearly 238,000 lesions, including nearly 27,000 melanomas.
The American Academy of Dermatology performed the national SPOT me™ survey to study men’s knowledge about skin health, their concerns, and what actions they are taking to be tested for skin cancer.
The 12-question survey sampled 1,151 American men over the age of 18 and was conducted in late May.
The margin of sampling error for a 95 percent confidence level was ± 2.9 percent.
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