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Melanoma now most common cancer in young women

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sample_widget_photo01Melanoma is second only to breast cancer in women who are 30 to 34.*  But for women aged 25-29, melanoma is the most common cancer!*

Prevent undue skin cancer risk by limiting sun exposure, using sunscreen and protective clothing and hats, and never get into a tanning bed.


*Source:  The Skin Cancer Foundation

Don’t forget your head!

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shutterstock_56111731When you’re checking yourself for new moles or growths, the one place on your body that is difficult to check is your scalp. Unfortunately melanomas on the scalp are more deadly than on other locations of the body.  This could be due to a number of factors including the number of blood vessels in the scalp, proximity to the brain and the often delayed diagnosis when the melanoma is hidden by hair.

A thorough skin exam by a board certified dermatologist is so important to locate hard to find skin cancers.  In addition, on an ongoing basis, you can ask your hair care professional to let you know if he or she sees anything unusual on your scalp during your haircuts.  Melanoma is the most deadly skin cancer because of how quickly it spreads in your body.

Symptoms and the appearance of a cancerous lesion can vary widely and sometimes they are not obvious. It could be painful or sensitive to the touch, but not necessarily.  It might bleed.  And it could be just about any color or a combination of colors:  brown, black, white, red and even blue.  It could be raised or flat. Look carefully because these spots can be very small.

A recurring theme I’ve seen in my career is even when a primary care physician refers a patient to a dermatologist due to a scalp lesion or any other suspicious spot, the patient delays a few months in making the appointment and by that time the skin cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

New immune-targeted treatment will help former President Carter

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Former President Carter’s melanoma spread to his liver and his brain. Patients like him, with advanced melanoma, have a better prognosis today because of immune therapy. Even five years ago we may have said he has five months to live. But today there are so many new immune-targeted treatments. With many malignancies the immune system no longer recognizes the tumor, this along with other events allow the tumor to grow. Some advanced melanomas can be treated this way “rebooting ” the immune system so that the tumor may shrink as a result.

Diane Keaton speaks on behalf of the Melanoma Research Alliance

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Diane Keaton’s earliest skin cancer diagnosis was when she was 21. In this video for the Melanoma Research Alliance, she says she finally caught on when the skin cancer diagnoses kept coming.
Since it was founded in 2007, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) has raised more than $60 million for research globally.
L’Oréal Paris supports MRA’s efforts by donating $1 every time a bottle of Advanced Suncare, SPF day moisturizers or Sublime Bronze Sunless tanners are purchased.  Find out more at

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

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A recent Mayo Clinic study highlighted that melanoma rates in young women are eight times higher now than they were 40 years ago.  In the same Mayo study the melanoma rates for young men was four times higher during the same period.

It’s no wonder some have called skin cancer an epidemic.  It is now the world’s most common cancer.  In fact, in 2014 the surgeon general issued a “call to action” report identifying skin cancer as “a serious public health concern.”  The report noted that each year in the U.S., 5 million people are treated for skin cancer.  While melanoma is less common than other skin cancers it is far more dangerous when not found early.

Melanoma can be caused by sun exposure, skin type, the number of moles on your body and genetics.  Check out the Melanoma Risk Assessment Tool.  It guides you through a list of questions about your skin, age and your geographic location and then it calculates your estimated risk of developing invasive melanoma.Upload: May 1, 2015

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