The deadliest of all skin cancers
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Melanoma isn’t the most common form of skin cancer, but it’s the deadliest. It’s also more likely to grow and spread than other types of skin cancer. On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 91,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018.
Fortunately, melanoma is one of the most preventable forms of cancer.
Tips for avoiding melanoma
In recognition of May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to share some recommendations from Nick Grimm, PA-C, who offers dermatology services with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic. He is fellowship trained in dermatology.
- Seek the shade whenever possible. This is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure.
- Do not burn. Getting sunburn just once every 2 years can triple your risk of melanoma.
- Avoid tanning beds. They have been linked to an increased risk of melanoma, especially if started before the person is 30 years old.
- Use broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen.
- Do monthly self-examinations, head to toe. Watch for abnormal moles.
- Get your skin checked by a medical professional every year. Yearly checks are vital!
“Early diagnosis is very important with melanoma,” Grimm says. “It can mean the difference between life and death.”
To request an appointment for dermatology services at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, please use our online form or call 920-288-8240.
Free skin screenings
We will be offering free skin screenings with Nick Grimm on Melanoma Monday, May 7, at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic, 1160 Kepler Drive, Green Bay.
This skin screening doesn’t take the place of an annual skin exam and isn’t intended for people who have already had skin cancer.