Baseball season is almost here and you’re probably scratching your head asking why I’m talking about baseball when usually I’m blogging about dermatology…well, on Saturday, May 7th dermatology and baseball will come together for a great night as Germain Dermatology teams up with the Charleston RiverDogs to present Women’s Wellness Night on Saturday, May 7 at 7:05pm at the Joe Riley Stadium. 



The entire staff at Germain Dermatology is thrilled to be a part of the Women’s Wellness Night and will be on hand to inform folks about the importance of taking care of their skin. Mimzi will be there to throw out the first pitch so get there early to cheer her on! This will be our first experience with the Charleston RiverDogs and we’re looking forward to an exciting event and we’re asking all of our Lowcountry patients to join us that evening. 


For tickets visit www.riverdogs.com 


Also, another reason we really wanted to get involved is that we care about Women’s Wellness and May is Melanoma Awareness Month. With so many fans visiting the baseball fields across the country this summer, it’s crucial for them to take care of their skin and use sunscreen. Here’s some facts about melanoma from the Melanoma Research Foundation. 



If not caught early, melanoma is known to be the most deadly of all skin cancers.  
Melanoma can be successfully removed and monitored by regular skin screenings in its early stages. However, the disease is deadly in its most advanced stages as few treatment options exist. The median lifespan for patients with advanced melanoma is less than one year.
The statistics around melanoma are astounding:
  • One-in-50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma.
  • In 2009 nearly 63,000 were diagnosed with melanoma in the United States, resulting in approximately 8,650 deaths. 
  • The projected numbers for 2010 are even higher with 68,130 diagnosis and 8,700 deaths. 
This means that every eight minutes, someone in the United States will be given a melanoma diagnosis and that every hour someone will die from the disease.   

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide.

  • The American Cancer Society estimates that the risk of developing invasive melanoma in the United States is 1 in 41 and 1 in 61 for men and women, respectfully. 
  • The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980. 
  • Melanoma primarily affects individuals in the prime years of life and is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. 
  • Although melanoma is most common in Caucasians, melanoma can strike men and women of all ages, all races and all skin types. The mean age for diagnosis of melanoma is 50, while for many other cancers it is 65-70 years old. 

We hope to see everyone out there on Saturday, May 7th for Women’s Wellness Night presented by Germain Dermatology at the Charleston RiverDogs game at the Joe Riley Stadium. 
Play Ball! 


Marguerite Germain