NEW YORK, (May 1, 2022) –  Caroline Barrett, SanovaWorks Chief of Operating Officer

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide.

  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour.
  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.
  • When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent.

How to Do a Skin Check

Because skin cancers appear in many shapes and sizes, it’s important to know the early warning signs. If you see something new, changing or unusual, get checked by a dermatologist right away. It could be skin cancer.

This includes:

  • A growth that increases in size and appears pearly, transparent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored.
  • A mole, birthmark or brown spot that increases in size, thickness, changes color or texture, or is bigger than a pencil eraser.
  • A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab or bleed.
  • An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.

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Champions for Change

The annual Champions for Change Gala is The Skin Cancer Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Proceeds from the Gala support the Foundation’s lifesaving educational campaigns, community programs and research initiatives.

Guests can expect a jam-packed event, highlighting the work of the Foundation, and the significance of the support of our donors, partners, members and community, all from the comfort of their homes.

Champions for Change has raised $138,831 of $125,000 goal so far in 2022. 


Gala attendees included Skin Cancer Foundation donors, industry and physician allies, celebrity supporters, members of the media and families impacted by the disease.

Destination Healthy Skin

157 Volunteer Dermatologists Provide ~5,000 Free Skin Cancer Screenings

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Skin Cancer Facts

Thank you for supporting the Skin Cancer Foundation