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melanoma AWARENESS & PREVENTION
what is melanoma? Melanoma is usually, but not always, a cancer of the skin.
MELANOMA BEGINS IN melanocytes (the cells that product the pigment melanin, which colors the skin, hair & eyes.)
melanocytes also form moles. *Moles can be a risk factor for melanoma, but most moles do not become melanoma.
“An estimated 73,870 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2015.” skincancer.org
3 general categories: Cutaneous Melanoma Mucosal Melanoma Ocular Melanoma
cutaneous melanoma MELANOMA OF THE SKIN (MOST COMMON) Superficial Spreading Melanoma Nodular Melanoma Acral Lentiginous Melanoma Lentigo Malignat Melanoma
mucosal melanoma OCCURS AT MUCOUS MEMBRANES Nasal passages Throat Vagina Anus Mouth
ocular melanoma OCCURS AROUND THE EYE
what causes melanoma? Current research points to family history, genetics and environmental factors such as ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Approximately 90% of melanoma cases can be linked to the exposure of UV rays from both natural and artificial sources.
Generally speaking, if you notice a change in color, shape, size, feeling or texture of an existing spot (or new spot!), talk to your doctor right away. symptoms to look out for:
3 best ways to reduce your risk: Wear sunscreen Wear protective clothing Avoid tanning beds
wear sunscreen UV rays can still damage your skin even when it’s cloudy out, so try to make sunscreen a daily habit.
wear protective clothing Protect yourself with protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses.
avoid tanning beds Instead of putting yourself at risk with UV rays, try an airbrush tanning solution instead, which is much safer and less invasive.
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