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“When detected early, skin cancer, including melanoma, is highly treatable, making it imperative to check your skin regularly,” said Dr. Hendi. “It only takes a few minutes to check your skin, and it could save your life.”
To perform a skin self-exam, Dr. Hendi recommends the following tips:
“While performing a skin self-exam, keep in mind that skin cancer can develop anywhere on the skin, not just in areas that are exposed to the sun,” said Dr. Hendi. “If you notice any new spots on your skin, scalp or nails, spots that look different from other spots on your body, or spots that are changing, itching or bleeding, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”
To learn more about how to detect skin cancer, visit the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ website — SpotSkinCancer.org — for valuable information and resources on skin cancer prevention and detection, including:
SPOT Skin Cancer™ is the AAD’s campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer. The AAD designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday® in order to raise awareness of melanoma and encourage early detection through skin self-exams.
The public can help raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer by using the hashtag #skincancerhero when sharing AAD resources on social media, and by encouraging friends and family members to take advantage of the AAD’s free skin cancer screenings. Individuals who have been affected by skin cancer can share their personal stories on SpotSkinCancer.org to provide support and inspiration for others fighting skin cancer, and communicate the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection.
About the AAD
Headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).