Shining a Light on Melanoma in May

Now’s the time to get a skin exam – it could save your life
May 2, 2024

May is here, and with the arrival of warmer weather it’s also the start of Melanoma Awareness Month. This serves as a vital reminder of the dangers posed by melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and the importance of prevention, early detection, and treatment. Now is the right time to visit Walk-in Dermatology for a comprehensive skin exam. Don’t take chances with your health. Melanoma is a silent killer.

Melanoma, typically associated with excessive sun exposure, is a malignancy that arises from pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Despite being less common than other types of skin cancer, it is more likely to spread to other parts of the body, making it lethal if not caught and treated early.

According to the Melanoma Research Alliance, in the U.S. someone is diagnosed with Melanoma every 8 minutes. At that rate it is obvious that no one is immune.

Through the years many public figures, including celebrities, have faced battles with melanoma, bringing attention to the disease and highlighting the importance of awareness and proactive health measures. One such person is the late Bob Marley, the legendary musician. Marley’s battle with acral lentiginous melanoma, a type of melanoma that occurs on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, or under the nails, tragically ended his life at the age of 36. His case underscores the fact that melanoma can affect anyone, regardless of race or background.

Another notable individual who confronted melanoma was actress and activist Farrah Fawcett. Her public struggle with the disease, documented in the media, shed light on the realities of living with melanoma and the challenges of treatment. Despite her fierce battle, Fawcett eventually died of complications from the disease in 2009, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire awareness and research efforts.

These high-profile cases are poignant reminders of the importance of taking melanoma seriously and prioritizing skin health. However, we must not limit awareness to the experiences of celebrities. Melanoma can affect anyone, regardless of fame or fortune, and early detection is key to improving outcomes.

With early detection, melanoma can be treated successfully. Some well-know people who’ve survived melanoma include actors Hugh Jackman, Diane Keaton and Ewan McGregor, as well as television personality Khloe Kardashian. Even now, in some cases years after treatment, they still get check-ups every few months to ensure their skin remains healthy.

As we observe Melanoma Awareness Month, let’s commit to spreading knowledge about the disease and encouraging regular skin checks. Prevention begins with simple measures such as wearing sunscreen, seeking shade during peak sun hours, and avoiding indoor tanning beds. Additionally, being vigilant about changes in moles or skin lesions and promptly seeking medical attention for any concerns can significantly increase the chances of early detection and successful treatment.

Melanoma Awareness Month offers an opportunity to educate ourselves about the risks associated with melanoma and the importance of sun safety and regular skin screenings. By raising awareness and taking proactive steps toward prevention and early detection, we can all play a role in reducing the impact of this deadly disease on our families and communities. Let’s work toward a future where no one has to suffer needlessly from this preventable cancer.

Again, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself against any form of skin cancer is to limit sun and artificial UV exposure, such as from tanning lamps. Use sun block lotions. Know the risk factors, including age and health history. And if you notice any unusual spots, lumps or discoloration on your skin, don’t hesitate to check in with a dermatologist. The sooner, the better. It could save your life.

While it’s on your mind, why not schedule your skin exam today? It’s a great way to be sure your skin is healthy as we approach those hot summer months in the sun.

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If you have concerns about any skin condition and need dependable answers fast, you don’t have to wonder, worry or wait. Walk-in Dermatology is here to keep you healthy. Our team of dermatologists and experienced healthcare staff will address your concerns and provide the necessary care for all your skin conditions. Contact us today at (516) 200-3545.