With May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it could be a good time to raise awareness about melanoma. Many individuals in Pennsylvania have likely heard of this particular type of skin cancer, but few people fully understand this illness. Melanoma can be one of the illnesses that could qualify someone to apply for disability benefits, in the event they become permanently disabled.
Now, although melanoma is considered to the least common types of skin cancer, it is the most common form of cancer for younger individuals between the ages of 25 and 29. It is believed that this is due to the use of tanning beds among younger adults. For those who use tanning beds regularly or have naturally dark skin, they often think they have a free pass when it comes to melanoma, but that is not the case. Melanoma skin cancer can affect individuals with any skin tone.
Many individuals also associate melanoma with moles. While it is relatively common for melanoma to crop up on a person in the form of a mole, it doesn’t have to be. Melanoma skin cancer can actually look very similar to that of a bruise. In July 1977, famous singer Bob Marley was diagnosed with melanoma under his toenails. He unfortunately ignored the advice to amputate his toe and died at the young age of 36 after the cancer spread.
Melanoma generally requires surgery in order to eradicate the cancer and keep it from spreading. When surgery is not performed, it can spread quickly and be difficult to cure. In fact, it is considered the most deadly of skin cancers, with an average of one person losing their life from this illness every hour. For individuals in Pennsylvania who are unable to work or have become disabled due to their melanoma diagnosis, it may be possible to seek Social Security Disability benefits for the illness.
Source: The Huffington Post, “10 Things You Don’t Know About Melanoma“, Susan Rinkunas, May 14, 2014