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Melanoma Monday

Today is Melanoma Monday - take the time to check yourself and your loved ones for any suspicious moles or skin changes!
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It's time to join the fight against skin cancer and show your support for Melanoma Monday on the first Monday of May! This day was created to raise awareness about melanoma, a type of skin cancer that is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. It's estimated that over 76,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma each year and it can happen to anyone regardless of age, race or gender. So this day is all about educating people about prevention and early detection, as well as providing resources for those who have been affected by the disease. Let's stand together and make a difference!

History of Melanoma Monday

Melanoma Monday Dates

Melanoma Monday Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1906</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Melanoma Officially Classified</div><div class='timeline-text'>Melanoma was officially classified as a distinct type of skin cancer by Dr. William Sampson Handley.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Melanoma Research Foundation Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Melanoma Research Foundation was established to support medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Melanoma Monday</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Academy of Dermatology designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday to raise awareness of melanoma and encourage early detection through self-exams.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>“Watch Your Back!" Campaign</div><div class='timeline-text'>British charity Skcin launches the “Watch Your Back” campaign, urging people, particularly gardeners and outdoor workers, to check their skin regularly.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>FDA Approves New Melanoma Drug</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug, Yervoy, to treat melanoma, marking a significant advancement in melanoma treatment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Melanoma Monday</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Melanoma Monday events, including educational talks and free skin cancer screenings, were held virtually for the first time.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Melanoma Monday

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Check your skin</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Checking your skin regularly for any changes or spots is the best way to detect skin cancer. Make sure you check all areas of your body, including hard to see places like your back, scalp, and feet.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear sunscreen</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Whenever you go outside, make sure to put on sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Reapply often and choose a brand with UVA and UVB protection.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Examine moles</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you have any moles that are irregular in shape, size, or color, make sure to get them checked out by a dermatologist. Melanoma can present itself as a mole that is changing in size, shape, or color.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a dermatologist</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make an appointment to visit a dermatologist for a professional skin cancer screening. This is especially important if you have a family history of skin cancer.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information about melanoma on social media or start a conversation with your friends and family about skin cancer prevention and early detection.</p></div></div>

Why Melanoma Monday is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Melanoma Monday raises awareness about skin cancer risks</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Every year on Melanoma Monday, people across the world take time to remember those who have been affected by melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. This day serves as an important reminder that we all need to protect ourselves against the sun's harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages early detection of skin cancers</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By participating in Melanoma Monday events, people are reminded to conduct regular self-examinations to check for any suspicious moles or patches of skin that could be potential signs of skin cancer. Many times, catching skin cancers at an early stage can greatly increase the odds of a successful recovery and remission.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports research & treatments for advanced stages of skin cancer</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Many of the resources raised on Melanoma Monday go towards researching more effective treatments for advanced stages of skin cancer. By helping to fund these advancements, we're one step closer to finding a cure and helping more people survive this terrible disease.</p></div></div>

Unmasking Melanoma: 5 Eye-Opening Facts

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Melanoma is not the most common but it's the deadliest skin cancer</h3><p class='facts-content'>While melanoma accounts for less than 1% of all skin cancer cases, it is responsible for the majority of skin cancer-related deaths, emphasizing the importance of early detection and prevention.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major risk factor</h3><p class='facts-content'>Most melanomas are caused by exposure to UV light in sunlight and in tanning beds, reinforcing the need for appropriate sun protective measures.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Melanoma does not discriminate by age</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike most other types of cancer, melanoma is often diagnosed in younger individuals. In fact, it is one of the most common cancers among people younger than 30, especially younger women.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>About half of melanomas are self-detected</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the American Cancer Society, about half of all melanomas are found by patients themselves, highlighting the power and importance of self-exams and familiarizing oneself with the appearance of their skin.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>One person dies of melanoma every hour</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite advancements in treatment, one American dies from melanoma every hour. This startling fact underscores the deadly nature of this disease and the crucial need for increased awareness and prevention efforts.</p></div></div>

Melanoma Monday FAQs

When is Melanoma Monday?

Melanoma Monday Dates

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2023

May 1

Monday

2024

May 6

Monday

2025

May 5

Monday

2026

May 4

Monday

2027

May 3

Monday

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