Health Innovation Spotlight: Skin Cancer

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When you live in the “Valley of the Sun” it is important to be skin smart and sun safe. 

Sonoran Living Health Innovation Spotlight

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Here in Arizona protecting your skin is important every day of the year.  

According to the University of Arizona Cancer, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that more than 3.5 million new cases are diagnosed each year — more than all other cancers combined. One in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetimes. Skin cancers can affect your appearance as well as your health. Protecting your skin with sunscreen, wearing hats and protective clothing, and staying out of the sun at peak times is sun smart.

You also need to be vigilant. The best way to find skin cancer, before it becomes a serious problem, is by checking your skin regularly. Most of the brownish spots on your skin – freckles, moles, and birthmarks – are normal, but some may be skin cancers. It is important to look for changes in these spots or the appearance of new spots when checking your skin.  Learn more about how to be sun safe!

Spotlight on Health Innovation

In the video below, learn how how experts in the field of dermatology utilize the DecisionDx-Melanoma test to better characterize individual risk of recurrence and metastasis in their melanoma patients.

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The AZAdvances Public Information Campaign  shares stories of health innovations that are being discovered, developed, and delivered in Arizona.  The  initiative is led by AZBio in partnership with the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation (OTEF). Working together, AZBio and OTEF are building  AZAdvances to help more Arizona healthcare innovations move forward faster.