Opinion: St. Lawrence County Health Initiative promotes ‘Melanoma Monday’
To the Editor:
The first Monday in May is known as “Melanoma Monday”. Melanoma accounts for 1% of skin cancers but causes the majority of skin cancer deaths according to American Cancer Society.Experts say everyone is at risk for skin cancer regardless of age, gender or race. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Melanoma is mainly caused by ultraviolet exposure, or the sun’s ray’s, which is why prevention is critical. Use broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater. Reapply every 2 hours and stay in the shade during midday when the sun is strongest.
Love the Skin Your In!
St. Lawrence County Health Initiative
Cancer Prevention in Action