Melanoma Monday kicks off Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Posted at 4:42 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 16:42:00-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Summer will be upon us soon, so all over the country people are recognizing today as “Melanoma Monday.”

On the first Monday of every May, Melanoma Monday is the brain child of the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) to bring awareness to the deadly skin cancer and to kick off Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Melanoma makes up only about one percent of all skin cancer cases, they are known as one of the largest skin cancer killers. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, someone dies from melanomas every 52 minutes.

A hashtag has also been created because of the efforts of the AAD called #LookingGoodin2016. Dermatologists, cancer survivors and the general public have all participated in sharing how they’re keeping their skin healthy through the hashtag. In an additional effort to prevent skin cancer, the AAD are also offering free skin cancer screenings around the country to catch skin cancer in its earliest, and most treatable, stages.

To find out more on how to protect your skin this summer, or to see where free screenings are available in your area, visit