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May is Melanoma Month and the 1st Monday of May is National Melanoma Day each year. Miles Against Melanoma

By Lynne Berend, Director

MelanomaMy daughter was 30 years old when she died of Melanoma a few years ago. Melanoma currently has no cure. We learned about Miles Against Melanoma on the internet from a woman who founded the organization. Little was known about this cancer and we have found there is little money to research Melanoma. So we decided to start a chapter in Kansas City. On May 30, 2015, we will celebrate our 5th Annual Miles Against Melanoma KC 5k Walk/Run and Kid’s Run.

This cancer has tripled in the last 10 years to an alarming rate. The need for more awareness is so great.

Facts About Melanoma: Why Research is Critical
• Someone dies every 57 minutes of Melanoma
• Current estimates are that 1 in 5 people will develop some type of Melanoma
• Melanoma represents 4% of all skin cancers, but 79% of all skin cancer deaths
• Melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults between 20-30 years of age
• Melanoma is the primary cause of cancer death in women between 25-30 years old
• Melanoma is the number 2 cause of cancer death (after breast cancer) in women between 30-35 years old
• Melanoma strikes people of all ages (including children), all races, all economic levels and both sexes
• One blistering sunburn from childhood can affect you as an adult
• Use of a tanning bed gives you a 75% greater chance of developing Melanoma
• Seek shade from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm as the sun’s rays are highest at these times
• Always put sunscreen on every time you go outside: at least 30 SPF UVA and UVB

Check Your Body
Check your body all the time. The tiniest little mole or freckle can change color or shape at any time. Schedule an appointment regularly with a Dermatologist to see if you have Melanoma or any type of skin cancer.

If you need a tan to look good, there are other alternatives such as spray tans or the new tanning mousse. There is no cure for Melanoma but recent research has clinical trials going on and so far they are showing promising signs.

Ways You Can Fight Melanoma
• Education and Public Awareness
• Run, Walk or Volunteer at a 5k
• Donate Money for Research
• Become a Sponsor for a 5k

Miles Against Melanoma KC 5k:
May 30, 2015!
Mark your calendars for the Miles Against Melanoma KC 5k (MAM KC 5k) and Kid’s Run, May 30, 2015, 8 am at Lake Remembrance, 2100 NE Duncan Road, Blue Springs, MO. Day of race packet pick up or registration runs from 6:30 am – 7:45 am. Early packet pick up will be on May 29th from 3pm to 7pm at Garry Gribbles in Independence, MO.

Help Find a Cure
Last year, all of the Miles Against Melanoma Chapters combined raised over $70,000 for research. Help us raise even more this year to fight this deadly disease! For questions or to learn more, call 816-786-5401 or visit us online at www.mamkc.com.

Our Mission
Miles Against Melanoma is a national organization that began in 2010. Our mission is to provide the public with education regarding the extreme damaging effects of the sun and tanning devices. Through MAM, we provide funding for awareness, education, advocacy and research for skin cancer, Melanoma and cancers related to skin cancer. The Miles Against Melanoma KC event will raise money to support Melanoma research, education and advocacy, and assist families with Melanoma who are in financial need.

When I am asked why we do this each year, I tell people, I couldn’t save my daughter’s life, but I will help save someone else’s life and help find a cure!

Miles Against Melanoma KC 5k Walk/Run and Kid’s Run
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lake Remembrance
2100 NE Duncan Road
Blue Springs, MO

6:45 – 7:45 am: Registration and Packet Pick Up
8 am: Walk/Run Begins

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