To raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, and to encourage early detection through self-exams, the American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®.
- On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour. In 2015, it is estimated that 9,940 deaths will be attributed to melanoma – 6,640 men and 3,300 women.
- Melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.
- When caught early, skin cancer – including melanoma – is highly treatable. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.
Early detection is key. The Academy encourages you to learn how to SPOT Skin Cancer™.
Take our SPOT Skin Cancer™ quiz to test your knowledge and check out our How to SPOT Skin Cancer™ infographic to learn how to perform a skin self-exam.
Help spread the word in your community on Melanoma Monday® by using the tools and resources below.