Riverside, MO— 05.24.19 — In celebration of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Sunflower Dermatology is hosting its SunBlock “Block” Party May 31 from 5-7 pm at their Riverside MO location at 1805 NW Platte Road. This is an annual, family friendly event open to the community. The event is hosted each year to promote the importance of prevention and early detection in preventing skin cancer. This is a free event that hosts food, music and fun. At the event, guests can schedule their annual skin checkup and stock-up on sunscreen to kick off summer. In an effort to focus the community back to skin care basics at the beginning of summer, all sun related products are 15% off from now until the end of the event May 31.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Approximately one person every 10 seconds is diagnosed with skin cancer every day in the U.S. That’s well over 3 million diagnoses every year. Fortunately, skin cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer. The five-year survival rate for early detected melanoma is 99% and over 90% of melanomas are considered preventable. With that being said, one person dies nearly every half-hour from melanoma in the country. These statistics show the importance of awareness, prevention and early diagnosis for skin cancer, and they point to why an entire month, May, is dedicated to skin cancer awareness.

The best way to prevent the dangerous cellular cascade caused by UV radiation is by putting on sunscreen (or lotion with UVA and UVB protection) and by wearing protective clothing.

It is essential to find a dermatologist and schedule a minimum of one appointment per year. One blistering sunburn in youth more than doubles cancer risk later on in life. Given that cancer can develop over time and be in places that are hard to see, a trip to the dermatologist is truly the best way to ensure skin health. Skin cancer is largely preventable and highly treatable, when caught early on. Don’t be a statistic! Save your life and the lives of those you love by wearing and promoting skin protection, developing safe sun habits and scheduling yearly dermatologist appointments.


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