Presentation on theme: "Melanoma Monday – May 3, 2010. One in Five people will develop skin cancer Melanoma is the most common cancer in 25-29 year olds One American dies every."— Presentation transcript:
One in Five people will develop skin cancer Melanoma is the most common cancer in 25-29 year olds One American dies every 61 minutes of melanoma
SKIN CANCER CAN LOOK LIKE THE FOLLOWING: Translucent pearl-shaped growth Mole that has begun to grow, bleed, and/or itch
Asymmetrical: If lesion were folded in half, the two sides would not match. Borders: irregular. Color: varies. Diameter: greater than 6 mm (size of a pencil eraser). While melanomas are usually greater than 6 mm when diagnosed, they can be smaller. Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.
Brown or black streak underneath a nail Sore that repeatedly heals and reopens Smooth, waxy lesion Cluster of slow growing, shiny or scaly lesions that are pink or red
1. In front of a mirror – check your back, front, right and left sides 2. Bend Your Elbows – check forearms, upper arms and palms 3. Check back of legs, feet, between toes and soles of feet 4. With a Hand Mirror- check back of neck and scalp 5. With a Hand Mirror – check back and buttocks
Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, Many of the more than 1 million skin cancers diagnosed each year could be prevented with protection from the suns rays.
www.melanomamonday.org – click on Body Mole Map for an awesome tool for tracking lesions www.melanomamonday.org http://www.skincarephysicians.com/skincancernet/ind ex.html http://www.skincarephysicians.com/skincancernet/ind ex.html Talk with your school nurse: Sandy Kohut, RN, BSN Kandy Gay, RN, BSN Paula Langeloh, RN Sheri Woll, RN