How to Reduce the Risk of Melanoma

There are many online resources available that provide the information necessary to help those most at risk of skin cancer to prevent the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend doing many achievable  things to prevent melanoma, the likes of which include:

  • Understanding that tanned skin = damaged skin.
  • Protect yourself and your families by:
    • Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing outdoors.
    • Finding shade, especially during midday hours.
    • Using broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days. (Sunscreen is most effective when used with other sun protection and reapplied as directed.)
  • Avoid sunbathing and indoor tanning.

The Skin Cancer Foundation gives these tips to Prevent Skin Cancer:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10am and 4pm.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
    Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

To see what happens to your skin when it burns, check out the video below: