Melanoma Monday

Most people will remember being nagged by their parents to put on sunscreen at the pool, or the beach, or at the soccer game throughout their childhood. However, statistics such as “one in five people will be diagnosed with Melanoma in their lifetime,” probably makes that nagging seem a little more legitimate and appreciated. Today, Monday May 6, 2013 is “Melanoma Monday,” as recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The organization has been asking people to wear orange clothing today to raise awareness for Melanoma.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. When the skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet light, Melanocyte cells grow abnormally, and appear in the form of a mole. Melanoma can be detected by simply paying attention to any new growths that may develop on your body, or one can undergo a skin cancer check by visiting a dermatologist annually, which is recommended.

Separate from the AAD, is the website This site includes statistics informing readers that Melanoma is not just a disease widely affecting Americans, but people all over the world. The United Kingdom has established a law prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. Tanning salons who violate this law are fined an equivalent of 33,000 American dollars. Other facts include the use of tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing Melanoma by 75%.

It seems obvious that doctors and scientists would be publishing statistics and warning people about Melanoma, asking them to protect themselves but what about one of the world’s most popular fashion magazines? Although it is next month, Glamour magazine has named June their “Skin Cancer Issue,” educating readers on how to get amazing skin and how to take care of it. The magazine’s website offers a slideshow entitled the “Two Minute Cancer Check Test,” with several pictures of different looking moles associated with different types of skin cancer and how to detect them.

The purpose of Melanoma Monday and general skin cancer awareness is to do just that- make people aware, not scare them into staying indoors and avoiding fun in the sun. West Palm Beach’s Fox 29, published an article suggesting how to stay safe in the sun. Applying sunscreen 15-30 minutes before venturing outdoors, wearing wide brimmed hats and sunglasses in addition to applying a strong SPF, and being aware that clouds and shade don’t completely protect you from strong UV rays, are included. With summer fast approaching it is important to stay informed while you and your family enjoy the season’s sun and heat.

In addition, Medical Conferences International Inc., offers physicians Skin Cancer Medicine and Advanced Skin Cancer Certification courses. The next opportunities to participate are:

June 28-29 at Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare, Chicago, IL
US Skin Cancer- PCSCM- Skin Cancer Medicine Certification

August 16-17 at LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
US Skin Cancer- PCSCM Skin Cancer Medicine
US Skin Cancer- PCSCS- Skin Cancer Surgery Certification

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