It is estimated that melanoma kills, on average, over 10,000 people in the United States ever year. Understanding what melanoma is and the warning signs, risks, and types will help you become more self-aware of what to look for. After all, early detection could save your life.
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Learn the Warning Signs of Melanoma
Prevention is Key!
It is very important for you to practice sun safety and protect your skin. The sun damage that you have accumulated over the course of your lifetime will always be there and cannot be reversed, but there are many good studies that demonstrate that starting sun protection at any age can reduce further risk of skin cancer.
- Seek shade when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest – between 10am and 4pm.
- Avoid tanning and tanning beds
- Cover up with UV protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher everyday – sunny or cloudy. Even on a cloudy day, 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays pass through the clouds.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they increase the damaging rays of the sun, which increases your chance of sunburn.
- Keep newborns out of the sun
Perform a monthly skin check on yourself following the ABCDE’s guide.
Treatment options for skin cancer depend on its size, type, and location. Small skin cancers appearing on the surface of the skin may need only minor surgery. Other, deeper cancers may require more extensive treatment options.
Use the following letters to keep track of your moles:
Moles, brown spots and growths on the skin are usually harmless – but not always. The first signs can appear in one or more atypical moles. It is important to get to know your skin and to recognize any changes in the moles on your body.