Despite what the weather has been telling us, sun and fun are right around the corner, and it’s time get outside and enjoy yourselves. Before you do, though, read on for facts about skin cancer that could just save your life.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous, both highly curable. However, melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous. Each year in the United States, more than 53,600 people learn they have melanoma. Melanoma is becoming more common every year
Certain people are more likely than others to develop skin cancer. Risk factors vary, but some general ones are having:
Most melanomas are caused by overexposure to UV rays in sunlight. Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, even on cloudy and hazy days. For protection:
Often, the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole. Most melanomas have a black or blue-black area. Melanoma also may appear as a new mole. It may be black, abnormal, or “ugly looking.” If you have a question or concern about something on your skin, see your doctor. Do not try to diagnose it yourself