Melanoma Monday” is the first Monday in May and the start of many national and local free skin cancer screenings, events, walk/runs and activities geared toward skin cancer prevention and sun-safety. Follow this link to find a dermatologist near you!

National Skin Cancer Awareness Month is about overall uv-protection. Take a look at some indoor tanning tips that were provided by the official Melanoma Monday website. Feel free to Facebook, Tweet, and share using email or Stumble Upon (buttons at the bottom of this post)!

  1. Indoor tanning is considered a carcinogenby The World Health Organization,  International Agency for Research on Cancer, The American Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics
  2. The risk of melanoma is increased by 75% when exposure to tanning beds occurs before the age of 30 (Lancet 2009)
  3. In the  Skin Health Population Study, researchers found that those using tanning beds often were 2.5-3x more likely to develop melanoma thana person who never tanned indoors
  4. The Australian Melanoma Family Study identified 76% of the melanoma in patients between the ages of 18-39 to be attributed to tanning bed use

 Melanoma Monday is also the day for self-examination. Not sure how to do a self-check? Just follow these guidelines provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Most people have moles, but if you ever see a change in the color or shape–that is when you should see your physician. There is a simply way to look for signs of skin cancer, it’s called the ABCD Rule:

A. Asymmetry-One half of the spot does not match the other half.

B. Border irregularity-Normal moles are round or oval.  The borders of a melanoma may be uneven or notched.

C. Color-Common moles are usually one color throughout.  Melanomas may have several colors or an irregular pattern of colors.

D. Diameter-Common moles are generally less than 1/4 inch in diameter (the diameter of a pencil eraser).  Melanomas may be 1/8 to 1/4 inch, but are often larger.