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Spotting Melanoma On The Back

According to American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the back is the most common location for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. 

"Adequately applying sunscreen to your own back can be a difficult task, as demonstrated in the "Who’s Got Your Back?" video. Find a family member or friend who “has your back” when applying sunscreen. In addition, seek shade and wear protective clothing to protect your skin whenever possible."

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5 Surprising Skin Cancer Facts Everyone Needs To Know

According to The American Cancer Society, skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Below are 5 surprising skin cancer facts everyone needs to know this summer: 

1. Exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women 45 and younger.

2. Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person's chance of developing melanoma. 

3. Melanoma survivors have an approximately nine-fold increased risk of developing another melanoma compared to the general population.

4. Men and women with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than people without a nonmelanoma skin cancer history. 

5. Before age 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than in men, but by age 65, rates are twice as high in men. 

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#LookingGoodin2016 Video

The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) Melanoma Monday campaign is focused on "Looking Good in 2016." Their newly released PSA highlights a man dancing in front of the bathroom mirror to encourage all men to check their skin for signs of cancer.

This video is very important, especially since an estimated 6,750 men in the U.S. will die from melanoma in 2016.*

We encourage all our male and female readers to protect their skin with sunscreen (reapply, too!), seek shade, wear a hat and sunglasses and get your skin screened!

 

"Is your skin "Looking Good in 2016?" This humourous PSA encourages men to check their skin for the signs of skin cancer and find a partner to help, as men over 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population. www.SpotSkinCancer.org"

*According to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Melanoma Monday: Get Your Skin Checked

May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month and today is Melanoma Monday. This particular day is set aside by the American Academy of Dermatologists to spread the word about the dangers of skin cancer.

Credit: AAD.org

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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. It is extremely important to get your skin checked every year by a medical professional. These regular skin checks will detect any unusual moles or skin formations that could be caused by the sun.

Read more on Skin Screening 101

Throughout the country, licensed professionals are offering free SPOT skin screenings. For more information, please visit SpotSkinCancer.org.