Skin cancer preventable but common, Canadian Cancer Society says

Skin cancer preventable but common, Canadian Cancer Society says

Skin cancer preventable but common, Canadian Cancer Society says

Today is "Melanoma Monday", the one day of the year when we are supposed to be paying some extra attention to our skin, and looking for the deadliest of skin cancers.

We all know that we have to slather on sunscreen to keep our skin protected against harmful rays but there are likely a few things you don't know about melanoma.

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

Beyond the block, the American Academy of Dermatology says you should stay covered with clothing, a hat and sunglasses, and stay in the shade whenever possible.

According to skincancer.org, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

"In early-stage skin cancer it's completely curable; you have a 100-percent cure rate", said Dr. Kulkarni.


The Center for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery is holding a national event with free skin cancer screening on May 7, also known as "Melanoma Monday". That's why early detection and treatment of any type of skin cancer is so important.

B is for Border: The spot has an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.

How to find a free SPOTme® skin cancer screening in your area; more than 400 screenings are available nationwide in May. If a spot looks different from one side to another that's a bad sign.

D for Diameter. You want moles that are smaller than a pencil eraser in size. "Beyond that, the numbers drop tremendously", Dr. Adam Friedman said.

While skin cancer affects people of all colors and races - some are more susceptible than others.

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