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SITE ANNOUNCEMENT: WhatNext Community Survey

by ColbyR

Hello WhatNext! I wanted to share a community survey that we put together with the help of the team over at Patient Worthy. The survey covers aspects such as what you like best about WhatNext, what could be improved, added, fixed and more. We're also seeking advice from some of our cancer support and patient group partners at Patient Worthy to see what has worked for their communities. This survey will be vital feedback as planning for the future of WhatNext moves forward. We want to make...

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Today is Melanoma Monday - May is Melanoma Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

Spring is here, and all of us are ready for warmer weather and sunshine. But wait just a minute. While we need sunshine for Vitamin D production, too much sun is linked to melanoma and other skin cancers. Moderation and liberal use of sunscreen help protect us from skin damage by the sun.



What is melanoma?

Our skin is considered an organ of our body. It is the largest organ and serves several purposes:
• Protects against infection and injury
• Helps...

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Don't Fry Day, Protect Your Skin From Skin Cancer

by GregP_WN

Friday, May 24th is "Don't Fry Day". A day set aside by the  National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to encourage sun safety awareness. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention encourages you to protect your skin this Friday, and every day. Here are some tips to help you do that. 

Don't Fryday Protect Your Skin

Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off to the Summer fun season, and many people will be spending the weekend outside and perhaps getting their first sunburn of the season. Remember to protect...

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Stage IV Melanoma...It's NOT Just Skin Cancer!

by Holly Flores

Today's Guest Blog Post is from "HFlores", she is a Stage IV Malignant Melanoma patient/survivor currently in treatment. While she is still fighting a serious fight she is still trying to live her life as normal as possible. 

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In the spring of 2014, my hairdresser noticed a mole on my scalp that appeared to be changing color. After a biopsy in August, it was confirmed I had Malignant Melanoma. On September 11th, I was wheeled in for a 4-hour surgery (wide excision of the scalp) and...

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"Melanoma Monday" - Check Yourself, Check Your Partner

by GregP_WN

May is designated as National Melanoma Month. Included in that designation is National Melanoma Monday, which is the first Monday in May. The American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about skin cancer.

Melanoma Monday

People who are unaware of the dangers of skin cancer will often say things like, "at least it's just skin cancer", or "that's one of the good kinds of cancer, right"? They are not aware that on average, one person dies every hour from melanoma, or that early...

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Cancer Awareness and Events for May

by GregP_WN

May is a busy month for cancer awareness. Brain cancer/tumor awareness month, bladder cancer awareness month, skin cancer and melanoma awareness month as well as Melanoma Monday. May also has Don't Fry Day, May 27th; World No Tobacco Day, May 31st; and Oncology Nursing Month. We have listed links to the associated organizations to get more information directly from them about each. 

May Skin Cancer Month Brain Cancer Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness

For more information on each type of cancer awareness or event, click the links below. 


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Melanoma Monday 5 Things You Need to Know

by GregP_WN

Monday, May 2nd is Melanoma Monday, and May is skin cancer awareness and prevention month. Here are 5 things you need to know about melanoma, and one of them is that it's NOT "one of the good cancers". 

"Looking Good" a skin cancer PSA from the American Acadamy of Dermatology 

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — every hour. The American...

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Don't Fry! 5 Things to Remember About Skin Protection

by Brittany McNabb

In honor of Don't Fry Day and with Memorial Day Weekend literally around the corner, we want to remind you of 5 skin care essentials. Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer; it is also one of the most preventable by taking precautions when in the sun, getting your skin checked regularly for abnormalities, and by speaking to your doctor about any and all concerns.

Don't Fry Day

1. Be safe in the sun.

The American Cancer Society gives very specific advice for staying in the sun. They say to slip,...

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May Cancer Awareness Events

by GregP_WN

May is a busy month for several areas of cancer awareness. These types of cancer are being highlighted in May:

Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

From SkinCancerAwareness.Org With 3.5 million cases in over two million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and The Skin Cancer Foundation would like to take this...

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5 Common Types of Cancer and Specific Symptoms to be Aware Of

by Brittany McNabb

Many people worry, "Could this be cancer?" There are many common symptoms that could be cancer and signs that people might want to be aware of. Prevention and early detection of cancer can be important to your health. According to the American Cancer Society some cancers can be found early and therefore treated before they have time to spread and grow.

Waring Signs Of Cancer

Keep in mind that not all these things can mean cancer. If you are worried about any symptoms or signs that might be cancer, please contact...

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