May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Melanoma and skin cancer awareness

Skin cancer is among the most common forms of cancer in the U.S. With May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to learn how to prevent it.

What is Melanoma Monday?

Melanoma Monday occurs on the first Monday each May. This day is used to help increase awareness of melanoma. The American Academy of Dermatology sponsors this day and provides valuable information on how to lower your risk of getting melanoma and when you should get a screening done for this condition. The earlier melanoma is found and treated, the better your chances are at recovering.

Is Melanoma Easy to Detect?

Melanoma is not always easy to detect, especially in the early stages. In more advanced stages, there are more noticeable signs, such as moles that have an irregular appearance or moles that have grown larger. Those who are at risk of melanoma should have screenings done on a regular basis in order to ensure that this form of cancer is detected as early as possible.

Can You Get Skin Cancer with No Sun Exposure?

You can get skin cancer on parts of your body that aren’t exposed to the sun. It’s important for you to check for signs of skin cancer all over, not just on your arms, face and other parts of your body that usually get sunlight exposure.

Skin cancer can develop if you have other risk factors, such as fair skin, a history of sunburns, abnormal moles or a family history of skin cancer.

How Do You Know if You Have Skin Cancer?

You won’t know for sure until you are tested for this disease. If you have any signs or symptoms of skin cancer, such as moles with an irregular shape, you should be screened and tested for this disease.

What Does Melanoma Look Like in Early Stages?

Melanoma is difficult to detect in the early stages. Watch for signs and symptoms, such as moles that change in size, color or shape. You should also undergo a screening if you have any other abnormal markings on any part of your body.

Where Is Skin Cancer Most Commonly Found on the Body?

Skin cancer is most commonly found in areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the face and arms. However, skin cancer can occur on any part of your body.

Reduce your chances of developing skin cancer. Visit the experienced dermatologists at The Rendon Center in Boca Raton for a thorough examination of your skin. Make an appointment today or call us at 561-750-0544 to learn more about our practice.

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