January 19, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Learn About Melanoma at Shawnee State University
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and
Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Monique Diderich
calls it the “silent killer.” She has studied the disease
after her husband was found to have it on his back.
Diderich will be talking about "Melanoma: The Hidden Dangers
of Tanning" at Shawnee State University at noon on
Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Clark Memorial Library, Room 207.
Women’s Center is sponsoring the program and will be
providing a derma scan for testing the skin. The lecture and
derma scan is free and open to the public.
first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape or
color of a mole. But, melanoma can also appear on the body
as a new mole. It is different for men and women with
melanoma on men showing up on the upper body and melanoma on
women often showing up on the lower legs.
public is not aware that exposure to tanning beds especially
before age 30 increases your chances of developing melanoma
at 75 percent,” Diderich said. “You can have melanoma and
not know it. That is why it is important to examine your
skin to check for any new moles or changes in moles. If a
melanoma is detected early, the chances of recovery are very
According to melanoma.com, each year, more than 50,000
people in the U.S. learn that they have melanoma. The chance
of developing melanoma increases as you get older but people
of any age can get melanoma. It is the most common cancer in
young adults. If a melanoma is not found early, it can grow
deeper into the skin and spread to other parts of the body
main cause of melanoma is too much exposure to the sun or
so important to have moles or birthmarks checked especially
if they start bleeding or change in any way,” Diderich said.
“I would advise people to go see a dermatologist.”