It’s Melanoma Monday!

Today is Melanoma Monday!

Designated as the first Monday in May, Melanoma Monday is an important day to make sure that you, your family, your friends and neighbors all know about the important signs of skin cancer, and how to best reduce your risk of having a problem.

Do you know the  ABCDE’s of melanoma?

07.19.skin01Asymmetry; one half unlike the other half.

07.19.skin02Border; irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.

07.19.skin03Color; varied from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue.

07.19.skin04 Diameter; while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.

07.19.skin05Evolving; a mole or skinl esion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size,shape, or color.

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Did you know the back is the most common location for melanoma?

In recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month® in May and Melanoma Monday®, observed on May 4 this year, the American Academy of Dermatology  asks the public to consider “Who’s Got Your Back?” when it comes to applying sunscreen and examining skin for suspicious spots.

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Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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