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Melanoma Monday and Skin Cancer Awareness

Melanoma Monday and Skin Cancer Awareness

Could You Have Skin Cancer Right Now?

Skin cancer is THE MOST COMMON CANCER of all, and melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer. If skin cancer is caught early, it is highly treatable. 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer in their life; old, young, man, woman, moles, no moles, fair skin, dark skin -- we are all at risk. The first Monday in May is Melanoma Monday, and the American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about skin cancer.

Symptoms and Awareness

Melanoma is most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. These cancerous growths causes genetic defects that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. Some warning signs for melanoma are skin growths, moles, and brown spots. Sometimes they are harmless, but not always. Pay special attention to a sore that does not heal, redness or swelling, pigment spread and sensation such as itchiness, tenderness, or pain. This skin cancer awareness initiative is especially important, because research has proven that men are not good at finding their own skin cancers. Women are much better at it. Men over 50 have an increased risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population. Get to know your skin very well, so you can recognize any changes in the moles on your body. Use today as a reminder to do a self-skin exam. Take this time to also examine your loved ones. The American Academy of Dermatology shows you how here: Remember, the sun’s UV rays causes skin cancer. Get your sun protection act together. Here’s how!