Melanoma Awareness Month – Make Your Mark Against Melanoma
23 April 2021
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops when there is damage to melanocytes (the pigment cells that give the skin its color), leading to rapid cell growth and tumor development.1
Melanoma is much less common than other types of skin cancers, but is the most dangerous as it can spread quickly if undetected.2 Despite melanoma being one of the most preventable cancers, there are still over 324,000 new cases diagnosed worldwide each year, therefore it is so important to raise awareness of the disease.3
This year Pierre Fabre is once again proudly participating in Melanoma Awareness Month, which is taking place throughout May globally.
At Pierre Fabre we are committed to the fight against skin cancers. Unite with us in the fight against skin cancers and make your mark!
Mark Against Melanoma Campaign
Our 2021 Melanoma Awareness Month campaign is titled ‘Make Your Mark Against Melanoma’. We want the whole community to make their mark against melanoma and to check their knowledge throughout May and beyond. If you See it, Know it, Inspect it, Name it (SKIN), you can take ownership of your skin health, while also raising awareness around an important disease. The campaign has a creative emphasis on a checkmark to demonstrate the completion of an action:
- check your facts on melanoma,
- check you are protecting your skin from the sun,
- check your skin for changes,
- check out information on prevention and screening and check the knowledge of others on melanoma!
There are many ways for you to make your personal mark against melanoma while encouraging others to do the same:
Step 1: Knowledge
- Select and share a melanoma fact or share a personal melanoma story/experience
Step 2: Make Your Mark
- Draw a visible checkmark on your skin
- Add expression through colour
- Take a photo or a selfie
Step 3: Share Globally
- Share knowledge with your photo across social media including #MarkAgainstMelanoma
- Encourage others to join in!
Please note this campaign does not endorse online diagnosis via the sharing of mole photos and skin concerns.
This Melanoma Awareness Month, don’t forget to CHECK…
How to prevent melanoma and protect your skin
- Limit your exposure to UV rays by avoiding direct sunlight for too long and by seeking regular shade4
- When you are outside and in the sun, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and cover up your skin with a hat and clothing4
- Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm, when UV light is strongest4
- Regularly apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or above4
- Avoid tanning beds and lamps as they emit UV rays and have been linked with an increased risk of melanoma4
How to monitor and check your skin
It’s important to check your skin for early signs of melanoma. Look out for spots or lesions with these signs and visit your healthcare professional if you’re worried. Here are two methods of how you can assess your skin:
Method One: Perform a regular skin self-exam by following the ABCDEs of Melanoma – look out for new or changes to existing moles, spots or lesions with these signs:5
Method Two: The Ugly Duckling
Normal moles (lesions) on your skin are considered to be ones that resemble one another, while melanoma moles are irregular and are considered to be ugly ducklings.
These ugly duckling moles can be larger, smaller, lighter, or darker, compared with other moles. Also, moles that appear alone, without other surrounding it are considered ugly ducklings. 6
Aim to check your skin once a month and examine all areas, including your palms and soles, in between fingers and toes, scalp, ears, nails, and your back.7,8
Beyond Melanoma Awareness Month
Our dedication and support for the skin cancer community extends beyond melanoma awareness month. As a skin expert company with considerable expertise in oncology, dermatology and dermo-cosmetics, we are uniquely positioned to fight skin cancers from multiple perspectives.
Guided by our three pillars of care—PREVENT, TREAT and SUPPORT—our United Against Skin Cancers programme is an extensive global initiative that brings together solutions from across our franchises committed to skincare, to win the battle against skin cancers.
Join Us and Make your Mark Against Melanoma
Get involved in Melanoma Awareness Month! Show your support and make your #MarkAgainstMelanoma this May by liking, sharing and commenting on our social posts.
- Mayo Clinic. Skin Cancer Overview. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/skin-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20377605. Accessed January 2021.
- American Cancer Society. What Is Melanoma Skin Cancer? Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/melanoma-skin-cancer/about/what-is-melanoma.html. Accessed January 2021.
- International Agency for Research on Cancer. Melanoma of skin. Available at: https://gco.iarc.fr/today/data/factsheets/cancers/16-Melanoma-of-skin-fact-sheet.pdf. Accessed January 2021.
- American Cancer Society. How Do I Protect Myself from Ultraviolet (UV) Rays? Available at: http://www.cancer.org/content/cancer/en/healthy/be-safe-in-sun/uv-protection.html. Accessed January 2021.
- Melanoma Research Foundation. ABCDEs of Melanoma – A Guide to Spotting Melanoma. Available at: https://melanoma.org/sites/default/files/u13882/ABCDEs%20of%20Melanoma_0.pdf. Accessed January 2021.
- The Skin Cancer Foundation. Melanoma Warning Signs and Images - The Skin Cancer Foundation. Available at: https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/melanoma-warning-signs-and-images/#uglyduckling. Accessed January 2021.
- American Cancer Society. Can Melanoma Skin Cancer Be Found Early? Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/melanoma-skin-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/detection.html. Accessed January 2021.
- Mayo Clinic. Melanoma Symptoms. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/melanoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20374884. Accessed January 2021.