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Skin cancer is the deadliest form of cancer for adults 25-29-years-old and early detection is key to surviving the life-threatening disease.


The American Academy of Dermatology designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday.


Melanoma can come from spending too much time in the sun without sunscreen or from tanning beds, but the skin cancer can also be hereditary and in moles that are large or unusual looking.


The skin cancer highly treatable through early detection and although it might be scary finding out whether you have cancer, taking that first step could save your life.


"At my age, anything can happen," said Pagone.


Abbie Pagone said she's very active with her health checkups, especially after watching Type 1 Diabetes, take the life of her husband, Joseph Pagone, six years ago.


Pagone said a moment doesn't go by, where she doesn't think of Joe.


"Someone to talk to, look at your back, and he liked looking at my back, I haven't found anyone to do that yet," said Pagone.


When Pagone saw a poster at Sanford Wellness with Melanoma Monday on it, she was curious.


The checkup includes an examination of your back and other areas for potential skin cancer, which affects one in five people throughout their lifetime.


There are also machines that check the healthiness of your skin.


Skin cancers such as Melanoma can develop quickly or slowly over time, it all just depends.


"Two major factors play a role, one is genetics, which is beyond our control but the other major one is ultra violet radiation," said Dr. Clinton Brunner with Sanford Health.


Which, you can help reduce the amount of exposure to UV radiation, by taking necessary precautions.


"You can be careful with wearing sunscreen, wearing a hat, sunglasses,  lip balm with a spf in it," said Brunner.


For Pagone, coincidently the doctor who did her checkup was the same doctor, who took care of her husband before he passed away.


She called that fate and luckily her skin health checkup turned up cancer free.


"You have to know yourself and if you see anything strange going on with your body outside or it feels strange inside, you know it doesn't hurt to get it checked," said Pagone.


Statistics show one person dies from melanoma every hour and estimates more than 76,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year.


If you have concerns about moles or other skin lesions, there are several resources by visiting,




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