Skin Cancer Awareness is represented by the color black ribbon, and May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness of the importance of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer.
Quick Facts: Human Skin
- The skin renews itself every 28 days.
- Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.
- Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health.
- Dead skin comprises about a billion tons of dust in the earth's atmosphere.
- Your skin is its thickest on your feet (1.4mm) and thinnest on your eyelids (0.2mm).
- Your skin constantly sheds dead cells, about 30,000 to 40,000 cells every minute! That's nearly 9 lbs. per year!
- The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin, which weighs 9 lbs and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
- The average person has about 300 million skin cells. A single square inch of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands.
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