Skin cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of skin cells and usually develops on skin that has been exposed to the sun. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
To help spread awareness the American Academy of Dermatology promotes the first Monday in May, this year May 4th, as Melanoma Monday, the official start of Melanoma/ Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
In their SPOT Skin Cancer Program they encourage people to check loved ones for suspicious moles or spots which should be examined further by a healthcare professional.
Dr. Samuel Moak, at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat And Facial Plastic Surgery, knows that early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment. He talked to us about the different types of skin cancer you should be aware of.