Melanoma Monday took place earlier this month — May 4 was dedicated to raising awareness about this killer condition. We think it warrants more than just one day for us to be more aware of it — and, hopefully, to be able to prevent it or catch it early.
“Melanoma incidence is on the rise,” said Dr. Angela Lamb, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While screenings and awareness are helping to catch it faster, it clearly needs more promotion.
It’s still Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and melanoma sits high on our list as a type of cancer we feel empowered about. Why? Because so many cases of melanoma can be prevented.
Of course, melanoma isn’t the only form of skin cancer out there. In fact, basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. Caught early, the cure rate is nearly 100 percent!
Typically, we hear more about that kind of skin cancer, which is why we think it’s time to get the word out about melanoma. Here are 15 things you may not know about melanoma:
Sounds all doom and gloom, but it’s not. Our friends at Mount Sinai recommend the following melanoma prevention tips:
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