Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Melanoma Monday and how to take caution

Melanoma Monday and how to take caution

This form of skin cancer is characterized by uncontrolled growth of pigment producing cells and can appear suddenly without warning. She advises self-checks every month, and check-ups with either a dermatologist or physician at least once a year.

When you check your skin for suspicious moles, you probably look at your arms, chest, stomach, back, and legs. And every year, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the USA than with all other cancers combined.

"We're not there yet", said Dr. Landon Johnson a Dermatologist with Moeller Dermatology.

"We see skin cancer and melanoma in all skin types, but people with your coloring, fair skin, light eyes, who've spent a lot of time in the sun, are at an increased risk for sure".

"What's important to know is that it's one of the most preventable types of cancer", she said, noting that there were 270 new documented cases of melanoma in Nova Scotia in 2017. Many clinics across the USA are offering free skin screenings.

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Williams said even if you tan easily, you can still get melanoma.

There is a common misconception, Dr. Dallas says, that darker skinned individuals just don't get skin cancer.

Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.

A "How to Be a Skin Cancer Hero" infographic containing tips on how to spot the signs of skin cancer on yourself and your partner. "Protecting your skin from the sun is step one". If a person works outdoors, he or she should get checked by age 30.

In fact, it's estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

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