Melanoma Monday: Check Your Skin!

WFMY – With warmer weather and sunshine, a lot of us are spending more time outdoors. But that comes with a warning for you and your kids.

Skin cancer is a very real, very dangerous threat during the summer months.

Because Monday was deemed "Melanoma Monday," we want to make sure you know how to protect yourself and spot the signs of anything suspicious.

Dr. Christine Yuengel, the founder of Winston-Salem Dermatology and Surgery Center, shared tips about identifying skin cancer.

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer for many ethnic groups.

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer worldwide and is the most common skin cancer in Caucasians, Hispanics, and Asians. Basal cell carcinomas appear most often on sun-exposed areas of the skin, with 85% appearing in the head and neck region. However, Basal Cell Carcinomas can appear on sun-protected sites such as the groin and breasts

Yuengel said Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer in Caucasians, Hispanics, and Asians, but it is the most common skin cancer in African Americans and Asian Indians.

And Yuengel said Malignant Melanoma is becoming increasingly more common in younger people.

One American dies from melanoma every hour in the United States. Melanoma results from the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells, called Melanocytes. Melanomas might appear on the skin suddenly without warning, but they also can develop within an existing mole.

Watch the video, as Yuengel explains how to do regular self-exams. She also debunked some myths when it comes to sunscreen and skin care.


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