Beauty is skin deep; so is skin cancer – skin cancer research fundraiser set for November 17

TJ Duffy

Our Skin: We all have it. But, what do we know about it? Skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet and represents 16% of total body weight. Our skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat and cold. But our skin is also vulnerable and needs our help; particularly against its most lethal enemy: cancer.

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Research estimates that non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, affects more than three million Americans a year. Women had the greatest increase in incidence rates for both types of NMSC.

On a personal note, my brother succumbed to melanoma five days prior to his thirty-fifth birthday. He was survived by his wife and two young daughters, forever changing their lives. Most of us have either personally experienced concerning issues with our skin or know someone who has; let’s fight back now!

Act Against Skin Cancer: SaddleBrooke residents (you) and your guests can make a significant contribution to the fight against skin cancer by attending and donating at the Skin Cancer Research Fundraiser on the 17th of this month.

The University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) nationally recognized for advances in skin cancer research, the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club, plus the University of Arizona Women’s and Men’s Tennis Teams need your help in this fight. Your donations will be happily accepted by SCI and STC volunteers.

The third annual SaddleBrooke Skin Cancer Research Fundraiser will be on Saturday, November 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the SaddleBrooke Tennis Center – 64335 SaddleBrooke Blvd.

From disease origins to prevention and treatment, unraveling the science of skin cancer requires innovative research. The University of Arizona Cancer Center has been a leader in skin cancer research for decades. The University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute brings together nationally recognized scientists to collaborate in the discovery of:

* Cutting-edge chemical agents to prevent skin cancer and reverse sun damage

* New and better treatments for skin cancer

* Improved early detection techniques

* How skin cancer develops and spreads

* Ways to help people change unhealthy sun-related behavior

What to expect at this worthy event?

* Free skin cancer screenings

* Silent auction; Restaurant vouchers/coupons along with products and services graciously donated by local businesses. Please be generous in your bids for valuable items.

* Entertaining/skilled tennis play by UA student athletes and SaddleBrooke tennis players

* Fun food and beverages

We hope you’ll spend a few hours and dollars with us to make your valuable contribution to the fight against this deadly disease. For more information, send an email to: [email protected].