In June, many disorders affecting the skin have designated days or even devote the entire month to educating the public and fighting the disorders. Many even have created world-wide efforts to bring awareness and debunk myths and stigmas. Here is a summary of skin disorders highlighted this month.
June is National Acne Awareness Month. Often dismissed as a condition of adolescence, acne is much more than that. It is a medical condition that most often can be addressed with the correct treatments and medications. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S, and it affects 40–50 million Americans at any one time.
National Cancer Survivors Day is an international event to raise awareness of cancer for sufferers and survivors. The event is held on the first Sunday in June every year—this year, it’s on June 2nd. This is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, serving as a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.
June 13th is International Albinism Awareness Day. This inherited genetic condition reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes. It occurs in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world.
June 25th is World Vitiligo Day, a global event held annually. Its purpose is to raise awareness of vitiligo that includes recognition of the bullying, social neglect, psychological trauma and disability of millions of people affected by vitiligo.
Scleroderma is a condition that involves chronic hardening and contraction of the skin and connective tissue, either locally or throughout the body. On June 29, the world’s scleroderma community comes together to recognize World Scleroderma Day. On this day in 1940, internationally-renowned Swiss painter Paul Klee died. He had scleroderma and his artwork was widely influenced by his experience with the disease.
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