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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Sunburnt skinSkin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and over one million people are diagnosed every year. May begins National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, with campaigns all over the country to help educate and raise awareness on the causes, risks, and treatment of various skin cancer forms.

One of the most important things you can do this month is visit our Denver skin clinic to be checked for signs of skin cancer. National Skin Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to schedule a screening and to ensure you are doing all you can to avoid the causes of this disease. Below are some common facts about skin cancer and its causes.

  • Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer.
  • More than 90% of skin cancer types are due to excessive exposure to the sun.
  • Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, accounting for 4% of diagnosed cases.
  • Unprotected exposure to UV rays is the main culprit of skin cancer cases, though genetics can play a role as well.
  • It is recommended that people have a clinical skin exam every year and a monthly self-exam.

Below are the most common symptoms of skin cancer:

  • A small lump that appears shiny, waxy, pale, and smooth.
  • A red lump, spot, or mole that is firm.
  • A sore spot that bleeds, becomes crusty or doesn’t heal at all.
  • Rough and scaly patches on the skin
  • Any new growth on the body that appears suspicious

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