Skin cancer is as easy as A-B-C . . . and D . . . and E

Melanoma
Melanoma

May is Skin Cancer Month and Monday, May 2 is “Melanoma Monday” so let’s talk about your skin.  You probably have heard many times about many types of illness –  “Catch it early and it is really treatable but catch it late and it’s pretty serious.”  Well, that is really true for skin cancer, particularly the scary one – melanoma.

So knowing a bit about preventing and detecting skin cancer could quite literally save your life.  I hope to give you some tools to do so here.  When preparing for this topic, I found just an enormous amount of information floating around the Internet, most of it quite solid but some of it frankly dangerous in its inaccuracy.  For instance, there are some cringe-worthy sites out there claiming you can cure skin cancer by applying some salve you bought on the Internet.  (No, you can’t).

So I’ll try to limit this to the two key areas of prevention and detection.  We’ll leave treatments and slogo_healthy-matterso forth to another time.   To help, I’ll rely on two of my colleagues who joined me on the Healthy Matters broadcast this week and also point you toward reliable and easy-to-use interactive resources from some trustworthy sources.  Click the logo at left to access the podcast from the radio broadcast.  Maybe listen to it while you are reading this post!
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