Updated: Jun 2
May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness month. What is melanoma? How do you know if you are at risk of getting it? This blog post is here to break down a few important details about melanoma.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs when the cells that produce pigment (melanocytes) become malignant and grow uncontrollably. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, including areas that are not exposed to the sun.
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and can spread quickly to other parts of the body if not detected and treated early. It is important to monitor any changes on your skin. If anything appears suspicious, it is important to have it monitored by a dermatologist.
How do you know if you are at risk? The risk factors for developing melanoma include a family history of the disease, a history of sunburns, fair skin, and a large number of moles. Melanoma can present itself in many ways so it is important to check your skin for anything new or changing. Protecting your skin from the sun by using sunscreen and avoiding excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation can help reduce your risk of developing melanoma. Regular skin checks are also an important part of prevention. If you have any concerns about your skin, don't hesitate to see a dermatologist. Together, we can raise awareness of skin cancer and work to prevent it!