Melanoma Monday raising awareness about dangers of skin cancer

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. "Early detection through simple skin screening is essential for survival".

"It isn't going to go away by pretending it's not there, and you can't self-diagnose".

She recommends checking weather forecasts daily and taking note of if the UV index reaches three or more. Free screenings will take place Monday, May 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.at Minnesota Oncology Edina Clinic, Southdale Medical Center, 6545 France Ave.

"Clothes provide more protection than sunscreen", she noted.

As the summer approaches, doctors remind people to be cautious with sun safety and tanning. But what about the health of your skin?

Melanomas are most commonly found on the chest and back in men and on the legs in women, according to the American Cancer Society, but they're also likely to show up on the neck and face in both sexes.

"I've been there at the bedside when people are dying and I've been there when they died".

Skin self-exams should be done at least once a month; one should know the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles and other marks to immediately notice any changes.

The fight in their honour, however, can continue.

"This is something that can be done for prevention", she said.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, and people all around the world wore orange on Monday to raise awareness. Almost 90 percent are thought to be caused by exposure to UV light from indoor tanning and the sun.

But once again, anyone can develop a melanoma ... pretty much at any age: teens included.

During May, recognized as National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Brodsky is launching a social media campaign urging americans to "be a sun hero" and stick it to cancer - literally. We use an SPF of 30 or greater.

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