May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month Twin Cities MNMelanoma, squamous cell, and basal cell are all forms of Skin Cancer.

More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed each year with nonmelanoma skin cancer…the most commonly occurring of the skin cancers. They rarely spread to other parts of the body and generally occur in two forms: squamous cell cancer and basal cell cancer

The most aggressive form of skin cancer is melanoma, which is more likely to spread faster and to more surrounding tissues. This form of cancer is the most dangerous, but is only diagnosed in less than 5% of skin cancer patients. Of the 76,000 patients who are diagnosed with melanoma, 66,000 are likely to survive.

It is more common in men than women and is more likely to occur in fair skinned people. Too much exposure to the Sun or multiple tanning beds sessions can adversely affect unusual moles and make one more susceptible to melanoma.

Melanoma can also occur in areas other than skin, such as mucous membranes (thin, moist layers of tissue that cover your lips). Ocular or uveal melanoma occurs in the mucous membranes of the eyes.

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