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Melanoma Monday: National Melanoma Month.

The first Monday of May is Melanoma Monday which begins the awareness campaign of National Melanoma Month. The observance focuses on providing resources and information for reduction and preventive measures.

Dates: Mon, May 3, 2021 – Thu, May 6, 2021

What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer and also the deadliest of skin cancers. The observance focuses on skin health, sun safety, tanning prevention, skin bleaching, and skin cancer screenings. 

How to Prevent Melanoma?
While melanoma and other skin cancers aren’t 100% preventable, there are ways to reduce your risk. Don’t let the clouds fool you. UV rays still reach the Earth and your skin on a cloudy day!

1. Wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

2. wearing a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeves, and pants. And don’t forget the back of your neck.

3. Trees, umbrellas, and awnings provide excellent sun protection on warm sunny days.

4. Avoid tanning beds. The UV light in tanning beds puts you at risk for melanoma, too.

5. Regularly check your skin for abnormal moles. If you notice changes, see your dermatologist have it checked.



HOW TO OBSERVE #MelanomaMonday

* Join the American Academy of Dermatology in wearing orange.
* Encouraging others to wear orange for skin cancer awareness. 
* Learn more about melanoma, skin screenings, and use #MelanomaMonday to post on social media.

MELANOMA MONDAY HISTORY

The American Academy of Dermatology founded National Melanoma Monday to raise awareness surrounding this deadly cancer. Since at least 1984, they have been promoting prevention resources ahead of the summer months to improve prevention and increase screening. For more information on prevention and screening visit www.melanomaknowmore.com.

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