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Melanoma Facts

  • There will be more than 87,110 new cases of melanoma skin cancer diagnosed in the US in 2017
    • 52,170 cases of invasive melanoma will occur in males.
    • 34,940 cases of invasive melanoma will occur in females.
  • About 9730 people will die of melanoma this year (one every hour) – 1.2% of all cancer deaths
  • Incidence of melanoma has increased 690% from 1950-2001
  • The mortality rated has increased 165%

Melanoma Information & Suggestions

  • Use sun protective measures on a daily basis:
    • Use sunscreen
    • Wear sun protective clothing
    • Wear a hat and sunglasses when you are outside
  • Sunscreen Tips:
    • Use at least SPF 30
    • Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB protective)
    • Apply 20 minutes before being in the the sun
    • Use approx. golf ball sized amount on your body to reach SPF protection that is written on the bottle
    • Find a sunscreen that you like, so that you will use it!
  • Avoid direct sunlight when the UV rays are strongest which is between 10am and 4pm.
  • Seek shade when outside.
  • Every month, examine your skin for any changes. If you do notice any changes or new moles, please contact your provider for evaluation.
  • Say NO to tanning beds!

Other Melanoma Facts & Information Websites:

ABCDs of Melanoma Detection

  • A = Asymmetry
  • B = Border Irregularity
  • C = Color Variation
  • D = Diameter

Look for Danger Signs in Pigmented Lesions of the Skin

Consult your dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit:

A
Asymmetry - one half unlike the other half

B
Border - irregular, scalloped or poorly circumscribed border

C
Color - varied from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue border

D
Diameter - while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller; if you notice a mole different from others, or which changes, itches, or bleeds (even if it is small) you should see a dermatologist

Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Dermatology. All rights reserved.

MIND THESE ABCDs
They may be signs of malignant melanoma

Locate a Skin Cancer Screening Facility Near You

Please go to the American Academy of Dermatology for more information on melanoma

Melanoma Websites

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