James Ralston, MD of the Dermatology Center of McKinney is joining with the American Academy of Dermatology in painting the nation orange for skin cancer awareness on Monday, May 6 – Melanoma Monday®. It is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
“Numbers like that make a world without skin cancer seem to be an impossible goal, but it is in our reach,” said board-certified and award-winning dermatologist James Ralston, MD. “Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early and there are simple steps people can take to prevent skin cancer, such as wearing protective clothing, applying sunscreen and seeking shade.”
The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent. Yet, sadly, one American dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, almost every hour.
Dr. Ralston has a personal interest in fighting skin cancer. “My grandfather died from melanoma,” he said.“At a young age I dedicated myself to detecting and treating melanomas in others. It’s a decision I’ve never regretted.”
People can participate in SPOT Orange on Melanoma Monday® by wearing orange on Monday, May 6 and encouraging others to join in. In addition, people can share a picture of themselves and their family, friends or co-workers wearing orange for skin cancer. Photos may be uploaded to SpotSkinCancer.org/SPOTorange or posted on social media with the #SPOTorange hashtag. Pictures may be featured on the American Academy of Dermatology’s website, social media, or other materials. The SPOT Skin Cancer™ website also contains valuable skin cancer detection and prevention information and educational resources.