Melanoma Awareness Month is an effort by the American Academy of Dermatology to create awareness about the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Melanoma Monday has been assigned on the first Monday of May in an effort to encourage early detection and remind the world of its criticality.
Melanoma is mainly caused by excessive exposure to UV radiation. “Approximately one-third of melanoma cases start in moles that suddenly change appearance or start to bleed” according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). In the early stages, it looks like a freckle and over time slowly develops and the lesion grows and darkens with irregular borders.
Melanoma prevention tips:
Screen regularly: Visit a dermatologist once a year for a body screening. Better safe than sorry!
Apply it on: Use sunscreen every day, with at least SPF 30. If you are going to be under direct sunlight, apply and reapply sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Use it even more frequently if you’re in the water!
Check yourself: Scan your own moles and freckles often. If you feel a mole has been changing in size, shape or color, it needs to be checked.
Good that you are informed of the ways to protect and prevent Melanoma. The better news is we sell medications that fight it but the best news will be when Melanoma is no more.
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