International Vascular Birthmark Day – 15th May

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International Vascular Birthmark Day

• The VBF International Month of Awareness for Vascular Birthmarks, Anomalies and Syndromes is in May and the VBF Day of Awareness is on May 15, marked by US Congressional Resolution.
• Every day, many children are born with some type of birthmark (also called a vascular anomaly). Birthmarks vary in size and can range in color from brown to blue to shades of red or pink.
• Some children a birthmark is a minor flaw that they can live with, 50-60% of all children with a birthmark will require some treatment.
Hemangiomas are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that may not be apparent at birth, but usually become visible within one to four weeks after birth. Hemangiomas usually occur on the head or neck, but they can occur anywhere, including the internal organs.
• Vascular malformations are benign (non-cancerous) lesions. These lesions are present at birth and grow with the child.
Port Wine Stains: These birthmarks are present at birth, are flat, and appear pink, purple or reddish in color. They vary in size and can appear anywhere on the body. They are thought to be associated with a deficiency in the nerve supply to the blood vessels. They are more superficial and can be treated with laser therapy.
Venous: Often confused with a hemangioma, these malformations will always grow, are soft to the touch, and the color disappears when compressed. Most commonly found on the jaw, cheek, tongue, and lips. These lesions have low blood flow and can sometimes be injected or sclerosed.
Lymphatic: Formed when excess fluid accumulates within the lymphatic vessels. Lymphatic malformations are very difficult to treat but newer injection therapies are available.
Arteriovenou: Caused when an abnormal amount of blood goes into the capillary beds and engorges the vessels. These are high flow lesions.
• Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will be sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.

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