Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it can be prevented by avoiding over exposure to harmful ultraviolet light. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U. S. It's primarily caused by over exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun as well as from tanning salons.
It maybe the result of a very bad sunburn years ago or from an accumulation of sun exposure over many years. Maggie Grotesendt, Health Initiatives Representative with the American Cancer Society, says even this early in the season, you should still protect yourself from the sun.
She says they advise the "slip, slap and slop" method of protecting yourself: slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, and slop on the sunscreen. Melanoma is black, brown or multiple colors. It is the most serious kind and can cause death, so it should be removed as soon as possible.