Tips to Reduce Your Risk for Melanoma:
• Wear Sunscreen. Make sunscreen a daily habit. UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days. Use 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,
• 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 the number one new cancer 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 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
• Personal history of skin cancer