Protect and Check: Melanoma Monday
Have you heard? It's Melanoma Monday--the first Monday in May, as designated by the American Academy of Dermatology. The goal of Melanoma Monday? To raise awareness of melanoma and other skin cancer, and encourage self-exams to increase the likelihood of early detection.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. While protection via skin coverage, staying in the shade, and broad-spectrum SPF sun screens is crucial, it is equally important to check your skin, and to check your loved ones (i.e., spouses should check each other's backs).
Melanoma Monday is also the official launch of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The American Academy of Dermatology is also debuting the SPOT Skin Cancer program on their website to teach individuals to perform self-exams and find free screenings in their area. The website will also promote community sharing and provide educational materials.