July is Cancer From the Sun month. As a family caregiver, this is an ideal opportunity for you to learn more about skin cancer, how to detect it, and how it can impact your parents life. By understanding these issues, you can take steps to improve your parents care routine, guard their skin, and help them to live a healthier quality of life as they age in place.
Some things you should know about skin cancer include:
-Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer diagnosed throughout the United States. In fact, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined.
-More than 3 million people each year are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer.
-Among these people, there are more than 5 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer.
-By the age of 70, more than one in every five people throughout the United States will have been diagnosed with skin cancer.
-This number accounts for 20% of the total population of United State .
-The rate of diagnosis of non-melanoma skin cancer has been increasing steadily since the 1990's.
-The most common form of pre-cancer, actinic keratosis, impacts more than 58 million people throughout the country.
-Approximately 90% of cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet rays.
-The most common form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, or BCC.
-This type of skin cancer accounts for more than 4.3 million cases in the United States each year.
-Approximately 3000 people will die from BCC each year.
-Melanoma is not as common, but far more dangerous than non melanoma skin cancer.
-Around a hundred and eighty thousand people will be diagnosed with melanoma each year.
-Of these, more than 9,000 people will die as a result of melanoma.
-The vast majority of cases of melanoma skin care are caused by exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
-Seeking treatment more than 30 days after biopsy for melanoma result in a 5% higher risk of death.
-Having more than five sunburns during life doubles the risk of developing skin cancer.
Protecting your aging parent from the potential dangers of the sun, including skin cancer, should be a big part of your normal care routine with your elderly parent throughout the year.
This need increases during the spring and summer months when the sun is more intense, and your aging parent is more likely to spend time outside.
Senior care can be a valuable addition to your entire routine, including protecting against the dangers of the sun. This in-home senior care provider can help your parent to remember proper techniques for protecting their skin such as wearing the right clothing, using sunscreen daily, and being vigilant about changes that may require attention from a doctor.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Bessemer, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...