The 8th Annual Block Melanoma 5k Run/3k Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo was both a statement of community awareness and a call to action to prevent new cases of skin cancer this summer.
While we hope everyone enjoys summer, sunshine and outdoor activities, we also want to remain aware of these startling facts before stepping out into a potential danger zone:
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime
- A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns at any age
- Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors
- One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 62 minutes)
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. When discovered early, it can usually be cured with surgery, but once it spreads (metastasizes) throughout the body, treatment options are limited. Metastatic melanoma is a highly aggressive form of skin cancer, and individuals with stage 4 of the disease have only a 15% chance of surviving for five years.
By participating in the Block Melanoma Run/Walk, these dedicated caregivers supported groundbreaking research. They also supported a loved one who has been affected by melanoma, or simply supported our community and the melanoma research happening at Aurora Health Care.
And that way everyone can enjoy the season of sun!