Melanoma Monday: Protecting your family from skin cancer

Faith Castro
May 8, 2018

Additionally, dark pigmentation of the skin does not mean that there is no risk of skin cancer. He died in 2011, a little more than three years after doctors said he likely had six months to three years to live. Always keep your sunscreen on you. "When caught early, skin cancer, including melanoma, is highly treatable".

"It tends to occur in younger women, in areas that are often covered. on thighs or stomach or breast or buttocks", said Dr. Elizabeth Hale of NYU Langone Medical Center. They give you 4-15 times as much UV rays as the sun in the same amount of time. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

It's important to practice both protection and detection so you can enjoy many summer days to come. Free food and skin care samples will also be provided. But for Florida, increased sun exposure is leading to more skin cancer cases.

"I started not being able to see out of my right eye and I was having this insane back pain all the time", Grace says.

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So what can we do to prevent skin cancer?

Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.

The Canadian Cancer Society has access to a tan cam that can pick up on sun damage that would not necessarily be visible without the use of technology, McAuley said. But melanoma was the last thing on her mind when her symptoms started, by the time, she was 23.

It's estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. "People know better these days than they did in the past, but actually making that lifestyle change to protect yourself is a big step that a lot of people still haven't taken".

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