Get your skin cancer screening once a year, and learn the signs of skin cancer so you can do self exams at home.
More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. The most serious type of skin cancer - melanoma - will kill nearly 8,420 people this year. That means one American dies from melanoma almost every hour.
Fortunately, most skin cancers, including melanoma, can be cured if detected early. But according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, most Americans don't know the warning signs of melanoma and only about a third even know what melanoma is. The survey also found that fewer than one-third examine their skin for signs of skin cancer.