On Melanoma Monday, here's how to stay safe

Glen Mclaughlin
May 8, 2018

May is Melanoma Awareness month and with summer coming protecting the largest organ in your body is important.

It's a day where people wear black to bring awareness to the most risky of skin cancers.

While skin cancer affects people of all colors and races - some are more susceptible than others. The Skin Group also has offices in the east end and in Brooks, Kentucky.

The mother of two grown children has found several suspicious spots on her body in the last 20 years - mostly on her hands, arms and face.

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"It tends to occur in younger women, in areas that are often covered. on thighs or stomach or breast or buttocks", said Dr. Elizabeth Hale of NYU Langone Medical Center. Experts recommend using a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 every day, even on cloudy days.

Angie McAuley, director of partnerships and health promotion for the Canadian Cancer Society's Nova Scotia division, firmly believes it's time to start thinking about prevention long before it's warm enough to head for the beach. "Many times people are concerned about a raised spot that's fine, but there's another concerning one near it that they think is nothing", Day says. If you are going to be in the sun, wear hats, sunglasses and sun protective clothing.

Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest.

But once again, anyone can develop a melanoma ... pretty much at any age: teens included.

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