2018 Melanoma Monday

Be kind to your skin: It’s Melanoma Monday!  To help raise awareness, Market Street is offering free skin checks today.  Walk-ins are welcome.

“Melanoma Monday,” is a day devoted to skin cancer awareness. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the deadliest. It can affect anyone.  Though most often diagnosed in men over the age of 50, it’s the leading cause of cancer death in young women aged 25–30.

The most common locations for melanoma include the back, shoulders, and the lower extremities—some places can be hard to see on your own.

The good news is that melanoma can be highly curable if caught in early.  Skin exams performed by a board-certified dermatologist are the easiest way to catch skin cancer early.

Please remember these important tips to reduce your risks for skin cancer:

  • Make wearing  sunscreen a daily habit.
  • Protect your body with sun-protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.
  • Stay out of tanning beds.  Indoor tanning can increase the risk of developing  melanoma by as much as 75%.
  • Protect children. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood,  doubles one’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.