"It's too common to ignore, so when you're out, you want to protect your skin with things like a wide brimmed hat, clothing and sun screen where you're not covered up", said Johnson. "There are products out there that nobody, not even you, know you're wearing", said Johnson. According the American Academy of Dermatology, melanoma rates continue to rise in the United States. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and Melanoma accounts for 5% of all skin cancers.
Sun exposure is the biggest and most preventable risk for melanoma.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, but unlike other cancers, it can often be detected by dermatologists during a visual skin exam.
B is for border.
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If caught in the early stages, doctors say melanoma is entirely treatable, but it does spread quickly.
E is for Evolving: The spot looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
C is for Color: The spot has varying colors from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black, or areas of white, red or blue.
It's statistics like this that show just how extremely important it is to be aware and try to prevent skin cancer from happening to you.
Use sunscreen with sun protective factor SPF 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. "Beyond that, the numbers drop tremendously", Dr. Adam Friedman said.