Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States and the deadliest form of skin cancer. Rates of melanoma are rising rapidly, especially in younger people. In fact, cases of melanoma have tripled in the last 30 years, at a time when cancer rates for other common cancers have declined.
When caught early, melanoma is highly curable. And while treatments for late-stage melanoma are improving rapidly, thanks to research supported by MRA, the survival rates are still low. That’s why taking steps to prevent melanoma and identify it early are key.
The Melanoma Research Alliance commits strategic research funding to improve the understanding about the causes of melanoma and to develop better treatments for this deadly disease.
Early Melanoma Detection: What You Can Do
Early detection is the best way to treat melanoma. Here are some steps you can take to help identify early warning signs:
Know Your Skin and Examine it Regularly. Recognizing changes in the skin is the best way to detect melanoma early. Add monthly skin checks to your routine.
Look for the ABCDEs of Melanoma. Pay attention to moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or have evolved in size or thickness. If you notice one or more of these signs, see your healthcare provider.
Those at higher risk for skin cancer (fair skin, red or blonde hair and light eyes, history of sunburn/excessive UV radiation exposure, having many or unusual moles, family or personal history of melanoma, weakened immune system) should consider discussing the benefits of regular skin examinations with their dermatologist or healthcare provider.
Early detection saves lives.
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