Did you know that May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month? And to kick off the first day of May — Hooray! Hooray! — is National Melanoma Monday. So, what is National Melanoma Monday? Short answer is: The American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about melanoma which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Typically, melanomas resemble moles and some develop from mole cites. Melanomas are caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure which frequently causes a sunburn. In fact, even a few serious sunburns can increase a person’s risk of developing melanoma along with genetic factors. Nevadans are at an especially high risk for developing skin cancers compared to surrounding states and a CDC study found that the melanoma death rate in Nevada is higher than the national average.
Luckily, melanoma is highly treatable when it is caught early. Early detection of melanoma and other skin cancers is the key to a successful treatment, this is why it is important to check yourself and to check your partner regularly for skin cancers — just follow your “A, B, C’s”.
If a mole is asymmetrically shaped with jagged borders, patchy in color, and a diameter bigger than a typical pencil eraser then it’s time to call in an expert like your general practitioner or a dermatologist.
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