Monday is Melanoma Monday. This day was designated by the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness about melanoma and encourage early detection. This day isn’t meant to scare people and have them shut all their blinds and live in a sunless world, it’s meant to educate people to understand to do self skin exams at home and be vigilant about getting yearly skin checks and practicing sun safety.

If caught early, melanoma is treatable but if left alone, it can be fatal. Unfortunately, we seen patients who have turned a blind eye to it, when it could have been as easy as coming in for a check. We hope you take a moment to get your skin checked with your dermatologist. And if you don’t have one, please make an appointment with me or our dermatology PA, Holly Carter today. (843)881-4440.

How to do skin self exam: http://www.aad.org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection/about-skin-self-exams

Download a mole map here: http://www.melanomamonday.org/

Body Mole Map from the AAD

Marguerite Germain