Medicine

"Melanoma Monday" targets skin cancer

"Skin cancer sometimes presents pretty subtly, especially in the beginning".

Doctors have discovered around 20-percent of participants with skin abnormalities in the last four years.

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"It tends to occur in younger women, in areas that are often covered. on thighs or stomach or breast or buttocks", said Dr. Elizabeth Hale of NYU Langone Medical Center. Both instances were blamed on too much sun exposure growing up. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and Melanoma accounts for 5% of all skin cancers.

"If people have a family history of skin cancer, a weakened immune system, or a history of severe blistering sunburns... they should speak with a health-care provider about their skin health", she said.

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May is Melanoma Awareness month and with summer coming protecting the largest organ in your body is important. "There are products out there that nobody, not even you, know you're wearing", said Johnson. Almost 90 percent are thought to be caused by exposure to UV light from indoor tanning and the sun.

"I just had a lot of burns as a kid", she said. "Use shade, use sunglasses, full-length clothing if you have to".

To prevent skin cancer, Dr. Sax recommends using sunscreen that has at least a 30 SPF. "Tanning is a sign of damage to the skin".

Despite efforts to address skin cancer risk factors, such as inadequate sun protection and intentional tanning behaviors (like going to a tanning bed), skin cancer rates, including rates of melanoma, have continued to increase in the United States and worldwide.


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