Melanoma Monday is May 6
Monday, April 1, 2019
The American Academy of Dermatology recognizes Melanoma Monday on Monday, May 6. This annual day of recognition raises awareness about skin cancer and the importance of getting an annual skin screening.
According to AAD, one in every five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that over 96,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States in 2019.
With early detection, melanoma also has a 98 percent five-year survival rate.
“Being checked annually is a good idea,” says Nick Grimm PA-C, dermatology services provider, with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic. “Generally, what I tell people to look for are moles or spots that are growing, bleeding or are irritated. And when we’re talking about melanoma, we’re looking for very specific features.”
Grimm recommends knowing your ABCD and E’s when it comes to changes in your skin.
- A – Assymmetry
It is not symmetrical. Half of the spot doesn't match the other.
- B – Border
The borders are blurred or fuzzy.
- C – Color
Contains multiple colors like brown, tan, or black.
- D – Diameter
Is the size of the spot larger, or growing larger, than 1/4 inch?
- E – Evolution
Has the spot changed in size, shape, color, or elevation over time?
Other signs may include wounds that won't heal, redness, bleeding or pain.
Grimm stresses the importance of protective clothing and the daily use of sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer.
If you notice any unusual changes to your skin, tell your doctor. Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic provides complete skin examinations to identify and treat precancerous or malignant lesions.
Schedule your annual skin exam by requesting an appointment online or by calling 920-288-8240.
In the spirit of Melanoma Monday, Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic will host a FREE skin screening event on Monday, May 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Integrative Lifestyle Medicine BayCare Clinic, 106 N. Wisconsin St. in De Pere.
This screening does not take the place of an annual skin exam and isn’t intended for people who have already had cancer.
Space is limited, and registration is required. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Late attendees may not be able to participate.
Please register online.