Skin Cancer is the #1 cancer in the United States and on the rise! Melanoma is the #1 cancer in young white American women today.  

WHAT IS MELANOMA? 

• Melanoma is a malignancy (cancer) of melanocytes, occurs in skin and other areas.

• The 3rd  most common skin cancer after basal and squamous cell cancer.

• Melanoma is one of the most dangerous tumors since it has the ability to spread or metastasize to any organ including the brain and heart. 

• One person dies every hour from Melanoma. 

WHO GET IT?....ANYBODY! 

You are more at risk if you've had sunburns, lots of sun exposure, used tanning beds (even once), lots of moles, a personal history of skin cancer, family history of Melanoma. 

WHAT TO DO? 

• Protect your skin with sunscreen, UV clothing, seek shade, wear a hat.  Apply Sunscreen 30-50 SPF every AM all year long and reapply often. 

• Know your skin by looking for changes, use a mirror for tough to see areas. 

• Know the signs of possible Melanoma, ABCDE

ASYMMETRIC
BORDERS
Irregular COLORS
Different DIAMETER
Big or Small EVOLVING Changing

Evolving is an important one.  Recent studies show chronic itching of a mole can be an early sign of Melanoma.  See your primary care physician or skin specialists. 

Get a spot check or full body skin exam this month and learn more.

Call Velum Skin & Laser Center and see Dr. Cheryl S Cook (406) 656-1244