Melanoma May: Raising Awareness

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, which is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and educate each other about skin cancer, the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. Of the many types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most rare but deadly form, but fortunately with early detection treatments can help.

Follow and spread these prevention tips:

  • Use sunscreen everyday, even if it’s cloudy. Apply 30 minutes before exposure
  • Inspect your skin regularly to recognize abnormalities
  • People with higher risks of skin cancer, such as those with fair-skin, excessive exposure to UV radiation, familial history of skin cancer, and weak immune systems should schedule regular visits with dermatologists
  • Keep the ABCs in mind when inspecting skin irregularities
    • Asymmetry
    • Borders that are uneven
    • Color changes or multi-colored
    • Diameter that is larger than a pencil eraser
    • Evolved in size, color or thickness?
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV radiation
  • Attend cancer screenings at a dermatological office or at events planned throughout the year

Whether you suspect melanoma, find a suspicious area on your skin or have questions regarding your skin, hair, and nail health, consulting with a board-certified dermatologist can help ease your concerns and get an accurate diagnosis.

At Old Bridge Dermatology, Dr. Juan Vaillant has over 30 years of experience in the field and regularly helps patients with conditions such as acne, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, skin cancer, eczema, warts and age spots. We provide careful diagnosis and individualized treatments in a comfortable and welcoming environment for those in the Old Bridge, NJ area. Please call our office at (732) 679-0222 to schedule an appointment today!