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Mount Sinai Experts and Patients Share Their Skin Cancer Tips and Stories

Posted: May 6, 2013

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans developing it over the course of their lives. It’s also one of the most preventable types of cancers. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday is May 6th, Mount Sinai experts are sharing tips on prevention.

There will be a skin cancer screening at the Mount Sinai Medical Center on May 23rd, 3-5 p.m. at 5 E. 98th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10029.

Facts:

Tips for skin cancer prevention:

Follow the ABCDEs

Tell your dermatologist if your moles have:

A skin cancer survivor's story

Hannah, a 21 year-old New Yorker, who was only a junior in college when she was diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. During a routine visit with her dermatologist at the time, Hannah’s doctor found a few suspicious moles on her back. They were biopsied and came back positive for melanoma.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma kills about 8,790 people in the US annually and is caused by intense UV exposure.

A devoted tanning booth goer for most of her high school years, Hannah never wore suntan lotion while baking indoors. “When you are young, you feel invincible, like nothing can hurt you,” she said. “After my diagnosis, I was in complete shock. I was supposed to be studying for exams and instead I was having tumors cut out of my back and going for scans to make sure my cancer had not spread.”

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