Most people know the word “melanoma” when they hear it. In fact, it is one of the most common kinds of skin cancer found among young adults between the ages 15 and 29. However, that does not mean that melanoma is not dangerous. This cancer, which can spread into the organs and lymph nodes, affects nearly a million people in the United States alone.
In fact, it is estimated that in 2019, over 192,000 Americans are going to be diagnosed with melanoma. Within that number, a shocking 96,000 people will have invasive (Stage I IV) skin cancer, and another 96,000 will have melanoma in situ.
This is why it is extremely important that you are getting any suspicious looking moles or dermatological issues checked out as soon as you can. It doesn’t matter the time of year. Moles can change shape unexpectedly, and you can still get sunburn in the wintertime. To help you determine your risk for skin cancer or melanoma, here is everything you need to know about skin cancer, including the subtle signs you should never ignore.