May is designated as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. While people with fair complexions are most susceptible, anyone can develop melanoma. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime and melanoma is the most common cancer for women between the ages of 15 and 29. When discovered early and treated, the cure rate is nearly 100%. Allowed to grow, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body and can be deadly.
Here’s the good news: Mortality from melanoma can be greatly reduced if people are aware of the warning signs of melanoma and learn how to examine their skin for signs of skin cancer.
The physicians of Dermatology Associates Medical Group have expertise and years of experience in detecting and treating skin cancer. Schedule a total body skin exam and learn how to examine yourself for signs of skin cancer. To set up an appointment call: (310) 274-9954.