Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and fastest growing form of all cancers in the United States.
Spending time outdoors exposes our skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays, leading to an increase in the production of melanin in skin cells. This is what causes our skin to tan. When someone is overly exposed to ultraviolet light these cells begin to grow abnormally and become cancerous, otherwise known as melanoma.
10 important facts about melanoma
- Everyone is at risk for developing melanoma
- There is no effective treatment available for advanced melanoma
- More than one person dies from melanoma every hour
- Melanoma and skin cancer is the fastest growing form of all cancers in the U.S., yet remains the most underfunded of all cancers by federal and private agencies.
- Over one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, outnumbering the total number of other cancers combined.
- A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five sunburns at any age
- First exposure to tanning beds in youth increases risk by 75 percent
- Melanoma is the most common cancer killer of young women, even more common than breast cancer in ages 30-34
- There has been a 2000% increase in melanoma incidence since 1930
Come Out Swinging is dedicated to being a leader in the prevention and fight against melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer. Through various advocacy programs and events, this organization seeks to educate the public about the growing importance of skin protection while raising funds for valuable melanoma research.
On June 24th Come Out Swinging will be hosting it’s 6th Annual golf classic at Glen Echo Country Club. This annual golf tournament is the organizations primary fundraising vehicle and continues to e a driving force in the fight against melanoma.
Area golfers and Back Nine listeners are invited to join in the fight against this deadly disease. Go HERE to get more information on registering a foursome or supporting the cause as a sponsor or donor.