Melanoma – By: Dr. Lauren Hughey
|As we get ready for summer, let us remember that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Can you believe the most common cancer in the US is skin cancer? Knowing that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime (that is 8500 people diagnosed each day in the U.S.!), it’s important to think about prevention and early detection strategies. Most people are under the misconception that a mole is only bad if it is black, but skin cancers can be clear, pink, brown, or red too. Melanomas are the deadliest form of skin cancer. 1 person dies of melanoma every hour. The rate of melanomas in the US has doubled from 1982 to 2011, and melanoma rates are rising faster in young females age 15-29 compared to their male counterparts. Melanoma can appear in normal skin or within a pre-existing mole. Melanomas are scary, but the 5 year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to lymph nodes is 98% making early detection key. So, what can we do to protect ourselves from developing skin cancer?
Here are a few tips:
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