Melanoma Monday: Find a free skin cancer screening near you

WATCHFUL EYE Like most cancers early detection is key

Skin cancer can greatly affect quality of life, and it can be disfiguring and even deadly.

Doctors have discovered around 20-percent of participants with skin abnormalities in the last four years.

When you check your skin for suspicious moles, you probably look at your arms, chest, stomach, back, and legs. We reached out to Dr. Jennifer Dallas, of Novant Health Cancer Specialists in Charlotte, to find out which places are possible landing sites for skin cancer that many people don't think about.

It's a day where people wear black to bring awareness to the most unsafe of skin cancers.

It's important to practice both protection and detection so you can enjoy many summer days to come.

"I just had a lot of burns as a kid", she said.

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"Luckily skin cancer, though common, is also pretty avoidable", said Mattox.

McAuley listed covering up, lathering on the sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, wearing wide-brimmed hats and purchasing close-fitting sunglasses to protect the eyes from UV rays as a few key sun safety tips.

"Yet sadly, many people don't know how to be their own hero when it comes to skin cancer, including what to look for on their skin or when to see a board-certified dermatologist".

Doctors say Melanoma often resemble moles and some do develop into moles on the skin. "Tanning is a sign of damage to the skin". In her years of experience, Emerson says the rate of melanoma in children has risen. "Protecting your skin from the sun is step one".

For those who burn easily, the Skin Cancer Foundation says just five severe sunburns can double your chances of developing skin cancer.

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