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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the American Academy of Dermatology calls today "Melanoma Monday."

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and can strike anyone of any race.

Dermatologist Stuart Goldsmith says it's important to do skin checks from your scalp all the way to the bottoms of your feet. Keep an eye out for any moles that have changed or look dark.

"Melanoma is not just sun related. Let's say half of melanoma may be sun related. But the other half is a genetic issue and for unknown reasons and can be anywhere, under underwear, top of the scalp, bottom of the feet," said Dr. Stuart Goldsmith, with Southwest Georgia Dermatology.

Melanoma can occur in all races, not just fair skinned caucasians. On darker skin, melanoma usually occurs in the lighter areas of the skin, like your palms and soles.


For more information, click on the link below.


https://www.aad.org/

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