Melanoma Monday's focus on prevention and awareness

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Additionally, dark pigmentation of the skin does not mean that there is no risk of skin cancer.

In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, Just Believe is donating sunscreen dispensers across Marquette County.

"We're not there yet", said Dr. Landon Johnson a Dermatologist with Moeller Dermatology.

Whether it's a mid-afternoon walk, yard work or watching one of your kids' soccer or baseball game, we spend a lot of time in the sun, but not as much as our kids.

Most melanoma is connected to the sun's ultraviolet light however, according to the statistics shared by Dr. Dallas, almost 10 percent of melanoma occurs in people with a family history of skin cancer and some are a result of having no family history at all.

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It's important to practice both protection and detection so you can enjoy many summer days to come.

"If not", she says, use these others methods: "stay under an umbrella, and if you go in the water and you get wet even if your sunscreen says it's waterproof know that it's still going to wash off", said Dr. Kulkarni. Skin cancer could also be hidden in a tattoo, according to Dallas. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

If you think tanning beds are safer than the sun or a base tan protects you from sunburn, these science-based facts may surprise you.

"While performing a skin self-exam, keep in mind that skin cancer can develop anywhere on the skin, not just in areas that are exposed to the sun", said Dr. Hendi.

The Canadian Cancer Society has access to a tan cam that can pick up on sun damage that would not necessarily be visible without the use of technology, McAuley said. If a person works outdoors, he or she should get checked by age 30.

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