Melanoma Monday: Part II

Evidence is patchy on whether UV emitting nail drying lamps increase the risk of skin cancer

DOMINICO ZAPATA STUFF Evidence is patchy on whether UV emitting nail drying lamps increase the risk of skin cancer

It's a day where people wear black to bring awareness to the most unsafe of skin cancers.

The free community skin care cancer screenings are in cooperation with the American Academy of Dermatology.

The clinic was open from 10 to 2pm. "Most skin cancers are preventable and totally curable when caught early". That's the most common melanoma.

"In early-stage skin cancer it's completely curable; you have a 100-percent cure rate", said Dr. Kulkarni.

"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States". "It only takes a few minutes to check your skin, and it could save your life". "If you notice any new spots on your skin, scalp or nails, spots that look different from other spots on your body, or spots that are changing, itching or bleeding, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist". Doctors say those at the greatest risk include people with fifty or more moles, fair skin, or with a family history of melanoma.

It's National Melanoma Monday and local officials are telling you how to prevent it.

If you happen to spot a mole that looks unusual on your body, it's always best to just get it checked out to be safe, Day notes.

Angie McAuley, director of partnerships and health promotion for the Canadian Cancer Society's Nova Scotia division, firmly believes it's time to start thinking about prevention long before it's warm enough to head for the beach. Early detection and treatment is vital to survival. It's part of a nation wide effort to raise awareness of the deadly disease.

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