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Melanoma Monday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Now that we're spending more time outside, doctors are making an annual reminder about the dangers of the sun and skin cancer.

Dermatologists in the central part of the U.S., including Wisconsin, are raising awareness about skin cancer for Melanoma Monday.

Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer because it can spread to other areas of the body and affect internal organs, like the stomach and lungs. 

"This is a curable cancer if we find it early.," Dr. Michael Colgan,  dermatologist with Mayo Clinic Health System, said. "Getting it and seeing someone can save your life because this is one cancer that we can really treat it if we get it early, and if we can't get it early and we don't, then we can have a real problem."

Doctors say young adults between the ages of 25 to 29 are more commonly prone to melanoma cancer.

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