May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of
prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer, including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In the U.S. (2009), 61,646 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the
skin, and 9,199 people died from it. The CDC leads national efforts to reduce skin cancer through education. When in the sun, seek shade,
cover up, get a hat, wear sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
LifeScience Moment: Clara Barton founded the American Association of the Red Cross.
On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton, named the "Angel of the Battlefield" during the Civil War, founded the American Association of the Red Cross which she led until 1904.
During a visit to Europe in 1869, she discovered the Red Cross Movement in Switzerland and upon her return to the U.S. took steps to establish a U.S. organization.
Incorporated as The American National Red Cross in 1893, the organization was given charters by Congress in 1900 and in 1905. The 1905 charter and its amendments
provide the basis for today's American Red Cross and the close working relationship between the organization and the federal government.
It's a Small World
Ebola Virus (Photo: Courtesy Frederick Murphy)
"Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science."
Jules Henri Poincaré, French mathematician