This May, people all over the United States are celebrating Melanoma Awareness Month. On Monday, doctors from Kirkland Cancer Center in Jackson, Tennessee, offered people free screenings for skin cancer, and taught them how to detect this type of cancer and when they should get help.
The American Academy of Dermatology revealed that melanoma is one of the most widespread types of cancer, making thousands of victims every year. Only in the United States, around 9,500 people receive a skin cancer diagnose per day.
How to identify melanoma
Dr. Patrick Teer, dermatologist at Kirkland Cancer Center, says that screening techniques are vital in detecting skin cancer. He offered people advice on what they should look for on their skin, so that they could know when they should go see a doctor.
First of all, people should become alarmed if they notice any changes occurring on their skin. If a mole or a spot on your skin changes color or size, this represents a sign that something might not be right. Also, if you suddenly start experiencing pain, bleeding, or simply see an odd-looking spot with irregular shapes, go see a dermatologist immediately.
Doctors at Kirkland Cancer Center offer melanoma screenings every year. The manager of the hospital, Susan Baker, offered the statistics for last year. During the special screening Monday, 164 people received a check-up, and 62 of them had peculiar formations on their skin. These patients were scheduled for further screenings.
You can protect yourself from skin cancer
People are advised not to get scared if they discover abnormal formations. Some of them might be benign, and they just need to be removed to avoid further risk of developing skin cancer. Moreover, they can protect themselves by using sunscreen between the peak hours and always wear sunglasses and hats.
Melanoma might be the most widespread type of cancer, but it can be kept under control if discovered in time. Also, it is preventable, so you can keep yourself away from the disease if you take care of yourself.
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