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May 2, 2011 – Melanoma Monday

May 2, 2011

“Melanoma Monday” is the first Monday of May – and the kick-off of May Melanoma Skin Cancer Month with special activities nationally and locally.  Also known as National Skin Self-Examination Day. People are encouraged to examine their skin for skin cancer.

On this day, please also consider and share these facts about Indoor Tanning:

  1. Indoor tanning is considered a carcinogen by The World Health Organization,  International Agency for Research on Cancer, The American Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics
  2. The risk of melanoma is increased by 75% when exposure to tanning beds occurs before the age of 30 (Lancet 2009)
  3. In the  Skin Health Population Study, researchers found that those using tanning beds often were 2.5-3x more likely to develop melanoma thana person who never tanned indoors
  4. The Australian Melanoma Family Study identified 76% of the melanoma in patients between the ages of 18-39 to be attributed to tanning bed use

If you need to find a local dermatologist, you can look  here.

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