Joe Buck is a Fox TV sportscaster, and as such, is no stranger to watching people who are standing out in the sun all day.
He’s won numerous Emmy Awards for his work covering the NFL, MLB, and the USGA, all while watching professional athletes catch some rays while practicing their sport of choice. He’s watched them become more sun aware as the years passed. His own understanding, due to circumstances in his own life, has deepened in terms of his awareness of the risk of the sun. His mother had melanoma on her chest, and while she was successfully treated, this hit close to home for him, and inspired him to action.
The charming and knowledgeable sportscaster teamed up with the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness of this important issue. He wants to increase skin cancer prevention and detection, given men over 50 develop melanoma at a higher rate than the general population.
Early detection makes skin cancer, including melanoma, highly treatable. This is why Joe wanted to educate the public, including the sports fans who watch him on TV and who flock to the stands to watch summer sporting events.
Of all forms of cancer in the US, skin cancer is the most common, with one in five Americans will developing it in their lifetime. For those keeping score at home, that means 8,500 diagnoses of skin cancer every day and one melanoma death per hour.
There’s a gap in education about the risks.
A 2016 American Academy of Dermatology survey showed only 56% of men know that there’s no such thing as a healthy tan, 54% knew a base tan doesn’t protect your skin and only 56% knew skin cancer can happen where skin isn’t typically exposed to sunlight. The same survey showed women had a greater level of sun awareness.
We were able to catch up with Joe and dermatologist Abel Torres, the president of the American Academy of Dermatology. They provided a wealth of information, one of the most important points being that free skin cancer screening locations and sun safety information can be found on SPOTme.org.
Check out our interview here:
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