May is Melanoma Awareness Month
Malignant Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer. If not caught early, melanoma is known to be the most deadly of all skin cancers. However, melanoma is not solely isolated to being a cancer of the skin. Melanoma can also occur in the eye, the mucous membranes or even underneath fingernails and toenails. People with dark brown or black skin can also develop melanoma, usually on the palms or soles, under nails or in the mouth.
Detecting melanoma early can be life saving since this cancer may be curable in its early stages.
Risk factors for melanoma include:
â€¢ Family history
â€¢ Fair skin
â€¢ Light hair
â€¢ Green or blue eyes
â€¢ History of atypical moles or numerous moles
â€¢ Excessive sun exposure
â€¢ Tanning beds
Preventative and Protective Measures:
â€¢ Avoid overexposure of the sunlight, especially during the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
â€¢ Wear protective clothing to include a wide brim hat and sunglasses
â€¢ Wear broad spectrum sunscreen that covers UVA and UVB rays
â€¢ Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
â€¢ Seek the shade when possible
Additionally, inspect your entire body for any skin changes and routinely visit your dermatologist for a skin examination.