Melanoma Monday: A reminder to check your skin

Updated: May 03, 2021 06:38 PM
Created: May 03, 2021 03:47 PM

1 in 40 people will get melanoma. And Dana Kazel just got her diagnosis recently. The former WDIO reporter and now spokesperson for St. Louis County shared the ordeal on social media, in hopes of getting others to look at their own skin. "Don't put off routine exams. Don't ignore weird spot," she wrote. She credits her kids for encouraging her to get a spot looked at.

On Melanoma Monday, Twin Ports Dermatology offered free skin checks for new patients. The clinic has been open now for almost six years.

"It's been really awesome to provide more awareness for skin cancer, and just to be able tot see people sooner than they're used to. If people call with a concerning spot, we can usually get them in within a couple of weeks. And that's one of the most important things for skin cancer. If you detect it early, it's cure rate is 99.9%," shared Heather Smith, P.A. in dermatology.

She gave Renee Passal a skin check on Monday. Renee shared that it was quick and painless. Smith said, "Everyone over the age of 40 should have a baseline skin exam. You don't want to wait until something is wrong."

Sunscreen is important, every day of the year, she added. "A lot of people in this area aren't as good at sunscreen as they should be. We have higher skin cancer rates than Florida, because when we get those really nice days, everyone is out there soaking it up and not protecting their skin as  much as we should."

Another important thing to do is check your own skin once a month.

Also, remember the ABC's when it comes to moles or spots on your skin:

A: Asymmtery: One half is unlike the other half.

B: Border: Irregular, scsalloped or poorly defined border.

C: Color: Varied from one area to another.

D: Diameter: Melanoma is usually greater than 6mm, or the size of a pencil eraser.

E: Evolution: A mole or skin lesion that looks different or is changing.

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