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HealthBeat: Learn to spot the dangerous moles on the head and neck 

With a tag line like “You’ve got eyes on the back of their head,” how could you resist?

New Hampshire stylists are invited to a training on Monday night in Manchester, where they’ll learn how to spot potentially dangerous moles on the scalp and neck of their clients.

Sponsored by the Melanoma Foundation of New England, The Skinny On Skin is free, and teaches hair and beauty professionals to spot dangerous spots while performing common salon services. Although only 10 percent of melanomas occur on the neck and scalp they account for a large portion of all melanoma deaths as they are often undetected or are caught late, according to the foundation. Stylists see their clients on average every 5-6 weeks (significantly more often than most people visit their own doctor), and are familiar with their clients’ skin. As one of the only professionals to closely examine scalps on a regular basis, stylists must be equipped with the skills to spot potential melanoma long before anyone else.

The training session will be lead by a medical professional who will teach the warning signs of skin cancer and advise stylists on the best ways to speak with their clients about seeking medial attention if a suspicious mole is identified.

And, the Foundation will bring its UV facial scanner, so the attending stylists can see if there is sun damage lurking under the surface of their own faces.

The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., at the Puritan Conference Center, 245 Hooksett Road in Manchester. I’ll be there for a future HealthBeat report, and I hope to find some local faces in the crowd.

To reserve a spot, email skinnyonskin@mfne.org or call 800-557-6352.

For more information about The Skinny On Skin visit mfne.org.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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