#MelonomaMonday Could Save Your Life

You may have seen #MelanomaMonday trending around the social media scene today.  May is skin cancer awareness month and the American Academy of Dermatologists are encouraging early detection from self examination.

With this in mind, we encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and educate yourself by reading these 5 facts about melanoma that could save your life or the life of a loved one.

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  1. Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. and worldwide.
  2. 1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime.
  3. Melanoma is the second most common of all cancers in men and women ages 15-29.
  4. If caught in the earliest stages, melanoma is entirely treatable, but because it spreads quickly, early detection and immediate treatment is very critical.
  5. High risk factors for melanoma include fair complexion, family history, severe sunburns as a child, and using a tanning bed ten times a year or more before age 30.  However, do not be fooled into thinking that you are not still at risk if none of these apply to you.

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