Free skin cancer screenings offered in May

Early detection key to beating skin cancer

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DETROIT - The American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday of each May as Melanoma Monday to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer and encourage early detection through self-exams.

Melanoma is the most common cancer for people from ages 25 to 29, and the second most common for young people ages 15-29. On average, one American dies from melanoma each hour. In 2014, an estimated 9,710 people will die from melanoma.

When caught early, melanoma and skin cancer are highly treatable. The five-year survival rate for those that detect their melanoma and treat it before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent. Early detection is important and the American Academy of Dermatology encourages you to learn how to spot skin cancer.

Click here to find the best location for you to get a free screening or call the American Cancer Society at 800-277-2345.

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