May 6th. Is Melanoma Monday

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®.  The AAD spearheads the effort to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer.  

 Skin Cancer Statistics skin cancer statistics

·         Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

·         Current estimates are that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.

·         Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the most common cancer for 25- to 29-year-olds.

Don’t be one of those statistics.  Use the tools below:

Check your skin skin cancer self examination  Early detection through self-exams can sometimes be the difference between life and death.

Follow this link to an online self-examination guide:

free cancer screeningFree Cancer Screening   Dermatologists across the country volunteer their time to provide free skin cancer screenings. 

Follow this link to locate one in your area:

Prevent Skin Cancer prevent skin cancer  The most preventable risk factor for developing skin cancer is sun exposure.

   Follow this link to get recommendations for lowering your exposure: