May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops when melanocytes (the cells that give the skin its tan or brown color) start to grow out of control. Watch the video below to learn more about melanoma from Charleston Oncology’s Dr. Charles S. Holladay.
Dr. Holladay explains, “Its incidence is on the rise worldwide. We are seeing a decline in adolescent melanoma; it peaked around 2004/2005, and we think that may be due to increased sun protection. We know melanoma, like all skin cancers, is brought about by exposure to UVB, sunlight, and tanning beds.
Melanoma has to do with the intensity of the exposure, as opposed to the non-melanoma skin cancers where it has to do with lifetime exposure. It’s estimated that greater than five sunburns as a child increases your risk of melanoma two-fold over the general population. Sun protection is important! A good sunscreen (SPF 20 or higher), a hat, and shirts with UV protection are key. [Melanoma] for the most part, is an avoidable malignancy.”
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If you or a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis, call Charleston Oncology to learn more about the latest, cutting-edge treatments, which are delivered in a local setting.