Save Your Skin, Prevent Melanoma

By |2018-05-16T10:02:26-05:00May 15, 2018 9:59 am|Local News|0 Comments

FARMINGTON, MO (KDKZ-TV) Summer will be here before we know it.

More and more Missourians will be soaking up the sun in the months ahead, but doctors urge caution as the incidence of skin cancer continues to rise. Dr. Wei-Wei Huang, a dermatologist at Mercy Clinics in St. Louis, attributes the increase to sun exposure, environmental factors and the fact that people today are living longer.

She says many people still think of skin cancer as merely an inconvenience that requires removal, which she calls a “dangerous underestimation” of the disease.

“Melanoma can be deadly. If you don’t take care of that, it can grow in your lymph nodes and can be all over your body, and people do die from that.”

Huang recommends that Missourians protect themselves with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, and be on the lookout for any suspicious moles or lesions.

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