While the month of May is officially known as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Angie Byrd makes it her mission to advocate year-round.
"I was bad as a young person, I went to the tanning bed, I put on baby oil, laid out in the sun", Byrd said. But we all can be affect by skin cancer. "So now my children have sunscreen", told Byrd.
But eight years ago she felt bumps and rashes on her body and started to have skin cancer studies twice a year. It's doesn't metastasize but it can spread on the skin. "And so, we treated it in the office and about six months later, I went back for my checkup and had not gotten better, and so at that point I had a Mohs surgery where they went in took everything out, closed everything up and I do have that evaluated every six months", Byrd explained.
"That is not something I think the public has been made very aware of", she said. If all of a sudden you have a mole and you didn't have one you need to know.
Dr. Hope Mitchell, Board Certified Dermatologist says "It's important, when we detect skin cancer, just like any other cancer in its earliest stages, we have a much greater survival rate".
Oncology Outreach Manager Christin Braddock works along with a dermatologist at Cone Health Hospital. She is also involved with patient contact from the many free cancer screenings Cone Health is offering this month.
It's the most common cancer in the nation, affecting 1 in 5 Americans before the age of 70. "It's the most preventable too".
Before going outdoors use of sunscreens 30 minutes and reuse it regularly for easy prevention.
"SPF of 15 protects only against 93 percent of UV rays".
According to the dermatologist if there is a non-fading fouling, skin patches, discoloration of moles, or molar extension or any signs of skin change then consult your dermatologist for screening to avoid a bigger mishap.