Melanoma Warning Signs

(Arti Patel, Smart Living Global News)  Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

It’s the most destructive form of skin cancer and experts say, melanoma can affect anyone regardless of sex, race or age.

“[People] are still not in the habit of using daily sunscreen, despite skin cancer being the most common type of cancer … Many people only apply sunscreen when they are ‘going to be outside,’” says dermatologist Dr. Julia Carroll of Compass Dermatology in Toronto.

“What they don’t realize is that they are getting exposure to and from the subway, through their car windows and by their desk window in the office. If there is enough light to see your hand in front of your face, there is enough sun to use SPF.”

Caroll adds a single blistering sunburn before the age of 20 increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life, while artificial tanning devices emit 15 times the amount of UV rays as from sun exposure.

Preventable cancer

Last year, Sarah Frei shared a photo of her grandfather on social media, not knowing a dermatologist in her network was able to detect melanoma right away, Today reports.

“I was scrolling through Instagram one morning and I saw this picture of Sarah’s grandpa and I’ve seen pictures of him before, but he had this very obvious melanoma on his forehead,” Dr. Jennifer Mancuso, a board-certified dermatologist in Detroit recently told the site. Read the full story at


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