Along with Ehler’s Danlos, Kidney health and Mental health month, May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month. A complete skin check should be done by your doctor at a yearly physical. If it is not done, it is your right, and your duty, to ask for it.
By Mayo Clinic Staff At Mayo Clinic
Illustration showing where skin cancer develops Where skin cancer develops
Skin cancer — the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. But this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight.
There are three major types of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Checking your skin for suspicious changes can help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages. Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment.