This May, show your support for melanoma research and advocacy by donning a black ribbon. Pin it to your jacket, purse, backpack, or anywhere noticeable to get the conversation of melanoma awareness started.
Melanoma Awareness Month seeks to inform the public about the growing rate of melanoma and other skin cancers. Here at the Melanoma Network of Canada, we hope that by giving people the appropriate tools and resources they can better understand this skin cancer and how to prevent and detect it.
At MNC, every month is Melanoma Awareness Month.
Practicing sun safe habits such as wearing sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, a hat, and sunglasses are all preventative steps in reducing your risk of melanoma. These sun safe behaviours are not exclusive to the summer – it is just as important to be wary of the sun in winter months, when the rays are just as harmful and strong because of the reflection from the snow.
It’s important to check your skin regularly and to be aware of the different signs and symptoms of melanoma. If you notice any of the following changes or ABCDE features on your skin, contact your doctor or dermatologist immediately.
When the shape of one half of the mole does not match the other.
The edges of the mole are ragged, blotched, or blurred.
The mole may be shades of brown, black, or tan. Areas of white, gray, blue, or red may also be seen. Some melanomas will show a loss of colour in a pre-existing mole or in an area surrounding the mole.
The diameter of the mole is larger than 6mm (1/4 inch).
The mole has been changing in colour, size, shape, surface, or appearance. Be alert for any new symptoms such as the mole itching, bleeding, crusting, or oozing.