On this Melanoma Monday, dermatologists want to bring attention to skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States. Melanoma is the deadliest form, but doctors say it is preventable and treatable if caught early.
Melanoma has been increasing in recent years. It’s now one of the most common cancers in young adults, especially young women. Nearly 90 percent are thought to be caused by exposure to UV light from indoor tanning and the sun.
“It tends to occur in younger women, in areas that are often covered. on the thighs or the stomach or even on the breast or buttocks,” said Dr. Elizabeth Hale, NYU Langone Medical Center.
Dr. Hale recommends yearly skin checks.
“If they see a mole changing or a new spot on their skin, they should get it checked by a dermatologist right away. Most skin cancers are preventable and totally curable when caught early,” she added.
About 10,000 people die from melanoma each year, according to the Melanoma Research Foundation.