Melanoma Monday is observed the first Monday in May. Melanoma Monday is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, and helps raise public awareness about malignant melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer. Melanoma Monday also encourages early detection through screening.
As the month of May is also National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, free skin cancer screenings can be found nationwide all month long.
Early detection is key, as melanoma is almost 100% curable if discovered early. This May, consider participating in a free skin cancer screening. When it comes to detecting melanoma, full body skin exams are key.
You see your doctor for a physicial once a year and the dentist for a routine cleaning every six months, but what about a dermatologist for a skin check? Bruce Katz, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, says ask yourself a few questions: Does skin cancer (including melanoma) run in your family? Do you have a lot of moles on your body? Have any of your present moles changed in size, shape, or color? If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, see a dermatologist for an annual full-body skin exam at any age - sooner if any moles have changed.
The awareness color for Melanoma is Black.
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