According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S.
Skin cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of your skin cells in areas that may have been overly exposed to the sun. There are several types of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most serious.
The cost to treat melanoma cancers in the U.S. have been projected to reach 3.2 billion dollars by 2020, according to the U.S. Government SunWise website.
Melanoma is listed as the leading cause of cancer death for young adults between the ages of 25-29. SunWise also states that 11,000 future cases of skin cancer can be prevented by safety measures to save the United States $30 million in medical costs and productivity.
How can you protect yourself from getting melanoma?
Sharad P. Paul, MD, shares how you can protect yourself from the deadliest form of skin cancer.