The Enright Melanoma Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise sun safety awareness and to help prevent melanoma through education and early detection. We are a prevention focused doctor-led organization.
Melanoma Quick Facts
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide.
· According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is now the most common of all cancers, with more than 3.5 million new cases diagnosed each year.
· One in 50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.
· Every eight minutes, someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma.
· Every hour of every day, someone will die from the disease.
· Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29.
· Tanning beds are actually causing cancer at a higher rate than cigarette smoking. *
· On average, using an indoor tanning bed increases a person’s odds of getting melanoma by approximately 75 percent.
Why are melanoma rates increasing? Some people are not protecting themselves from sun exposure while others subject themselves to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from indoor tanning beds and lamps. Depletion of the ozone layer may contribute to the increase in melanoma incidence because it allows more UV radiation to reach the earth's surface. (Melanoma Research Foundation, 2014)
What can you do about this? Take the free, online Enright Sun Safety Certification ™ program to learn more and become an Ambassador by educating others about sun safety and the dangers of melanoma. It’s easy and takes less than 10 minutes. CLICK HERE
Education + Early Detection = Prevention
*(Dr. Eleni Linos, dermatologist at University of California, San Francisco and lead author of a recent study on indoor tanning and its cancer links, 2014)
MYTHS ABOUT TANNING
MYTH: A “base tan” will protect me from a sunburn.
· FACT: A “base tan” is not a safe tan. A tan means you have damaged your skin. The best way to protect your skin from UV rays is by using effective sun protection, such as staying in the shade, wearing hats and other protective clothing, using broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+, and avoiding indoor tanning.
- MYTH: Tanning indoors is safer than tanning in the sun.
FACT: Tanning indoors is not safer than tanning in the sun. Indoor tanning and tanning outside are both dangerous. You can get a burn from tanning indoors. Tanned skin is damaged skin.
- MYTH: Tanning is a safe way to get vitamin D, which prevents many health problems.
FACT: Tanning is not a safe way to get vitamin D. Although it is important to get enough vitamin D, the safest way is through what you eat. Tanning harms your skin.
Enright Melanoma Foundation
P.O. Box 519
Summit, NJ 07902
Telephone: (908) 464-0277