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Breast Cancer Awareness

October 26, 2011

As many of you may know this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  There are has been a variety of events such as marathons, walks, and lectures about breast cancer recently.  A small fact that many people who have not been in contact with the breast cancer world may not know is that having breast cancer greatly increases one’s risk of melanoma.  According The Skin Cancer Foundation there is an increased risk of 1.4 to 2.7 of developing melanoma.

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer one can have.  It is caused by the changes in cells called melanocytes, which produce a skin pigment called melanin.  Melanin creates skin color as well as hair color.  Melanoma can develop on normal skin, as well as moles in which the shape or color may change.

There are four types of skin melanoma.  Superficial spreading melanoma is the most common kind and it usually is flat and irregular in shape.  The second kind is nodular melanoma, and it usually appears in a raised area with some color (normally red).  The third kind is Lentigo maligna melanoma and this usually occurs in the elderly.  It is most common in sun-damaged skin.  The last kind is Acral lentiginous melanoma and this is the most common.

If you or a loved one has been affected by skin cancer it is more than highly suggested that one covers up all exposed skin when in the sun.  Today there are a variety of garments that can be worn which have SPF in them.  A hat with a wide brim will cover the face, and lastly always wear sunscreen.  Today sunscreen comes in tiny tubes that can easily fit into a purse or pocket!  Cover up your skin from a young age as to avoid the dangers of skin cancer.

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