The Skin Cancer Foundation Comments on the Melanoma Diagnosis of President Jimmy Carter

New York, NY (August 20, 2015) Our best wishes to President Jimmy Carter, whose melanoma diagnosis calls attention to the harsh reality that skin cancer can be very serious. The overall 5-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has invaded more deeply into the skin, is about 98 percent.  Unfortunately, the survival rate falls to as low as 16 percent when the disease spreads to internal organs. The best chance for curing melanoma is to detect it early! People should be aware of the warning signs of skin cancer and seek medical attention for any concerning lesions. The best way for people to prevent melanoma from developing in the first place is to protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. 

-- Skin Cancer Foundation Vice President Allan C. Halpern, MD

About The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit