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Melanoma Monday – this is advertising campaign, the purpose of which is providing people with the detailed information about what melanoma is and protection ways.


Melanoma is a skin cancer, first mentioned in the 5th century BC. In the 18th century, Dr. John Hunter removed skin cancer with metastases, defining it as cancerous fungal growth. Doctor diagnosed disease as melanoma.

During the 19th century, doctors made a lot of discoveries regarding melanoma, but treatment wasn’t available. Since 1956, more information has emerged. Doctors made diagnoses faster, slowed down the disease progress. Also, health care workers could provide information how to minimize melanoma formation risk.

The American Academy of Dermatology has chosen the first Monday of May for a massive advertising campaign to inform citizens about risks and protection ways.

Interesting Facts

The main factor influencing the formation of melanoma is ultraviolet light. Doctors have developed recommendations, following which you can minimize the risk of melanoma formation:

  1. Regularly use sunscreen.
  2. In summer wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  3. Don’t abuse tanning beds.
  4. On a sunny day, try to stay in the shade.
  5. With any skin changes seek the professional doctor’s consultation.

When is Melanoma Monday celebrated in 2022?

Melanoma Monday is observed on the first Monday in May each year.