Early Detection of Melanoma

This video was originally published by Aim At Melanoma on  November 4, 2014, here.

 

 

Tips to reduce your risk of developing melanoma:

Wear Sunscreen.

Make sunscreen a daily habit. UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) with SPF of at least 30.

Wear Protective Clothing.

Protect your body with sun-protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses.

Avoid Peak Rays. Seek shade during the mid-day sun, when the sun’s rays are most intense.

Don’t Use Tanning Beds. Indoor tanning has been shown to increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75%. Melanoma is one of the top three cancers diagnosed in young adults (ages 25-29), and scientists attribute this trend to the use of tanning beds among this age group, particularly young women.

Protect Your Children. Just one bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles your child’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.

Melanoma Risk Factors: People with the following traits are at higher risk for developing melanoma and other skin cancers:

Fair skin, red or blonde hair light eyes, more than 50 moles, history of sunburn or UV exposure, family history of skin cancer, and personal history of skin cancer.