Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer can kill.

In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, Just Believe is donating sunscreen dispensers across Marquette County. Minnesota Oncology's Edina and Maplewood clinics will host the free community events that include skin cancer screenings, doctor consultations, education on skin cancer and prevention, safe sunscreen samples, giveaways, and more.

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

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"The second aspect of [melanoma] is detection", said Dr. Kulkarni.

Even melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is highly treatable when detected early.

The campaign aims to save lives by teaching the public how to identify the warning signs of melanoma, perform a skin self-exam and find free SPOTme® skin cancer screenings in their area. In fact, at least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.

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May is Melanoma Awareness month and with summer coming protecting the largest organ in your body is important. But for Florida, increased sun exposure is leading to more skin cancer cases. "Just think about it as your protection, it's like your seat belt, you put your seat belt on every time you get in the auto, every time you get up in the morning, you put your sunscreen on", said Dr. Esta Kronberg, dermatologist. Any new spot or change in a mole that looks different from the rest should be evaluated. "A lot of young women visit tanning beds", said O'Donnell. If you are going to be in the sun, wear hats, sunglasses and sun protective clothing.

Experts say folks should be putting on sunscreen every day!

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