Melanoma

Friday, June 24, 2016

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses melanoma and some ways to protect yourself from the sun in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Most other skin cancers dont spread, but melanoma can spread throughout the whole body. But if it is found early, it can be cured.

A melanoma might look like a mole or a bump on your skin. Melanomas often do not look bad at first. If you notice that a mole has changed, or if you have a new mole that doesnt look like your other moles, visit your doctor right away.

The most important way to prevent melanoma is to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun. The following are some ways to do this:

Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

When you are outside, try to stay in shaded areas as much as possible.

Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 15.

Do not use tanning beds or sunlamps.

If you are worried about a spot on your skin, ask your doctor about it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.