Melanoma Monday shares risk of skin cancer in men

An app can give you the probability that a mole has skin cancer (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Summer is almost here and dermatologists nationwide want you to be aware of the dangers of skin cancer.

Today marks Melanoma Monday. Doctors are targeting men over 50 for cancer screenings. Older males are at a higher risk for developing melanoma.

The American Academy of Dermatology says you should tell your doctor if you notice any suspicious marks or moles that could indicate skin cancer.

“Most guys aren’t thinking about that. Particularly older guys like myself who love being in the sun, never wore hats, never wore sunscreen,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, diagnosed with melanoma.

Dermatologists also recommend yearly screenings. The five year survival rate for those whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads is 98 percent.

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