MAY 18, 2018 8:31 AM PDT

Tips for Reducing Your Melanoma Risk


Each year, more people are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer than every other kind of cancer combined. It's not just about having a pesky spot removed or a random mole; skin cancer is life-threatening for some. Melanoma cases are only about 1% of all skin cancer diagnoses, but they are also the deadliest. Warmer weather means that more people are enjoying the outdoors and there are some tips to reduce the risk of melanoma as well as learn the signs and symptoms. Sun exposure is the most significant risk, as well as tanning salons where patrons get darker on tanning beds. Sunscreen is a must, every day, every time you are in the sun.

While family history is essential, so are daily habits. Tanning salons will up the average person's risk of melanoma by 75% making it more dangerous than smoking. Many states have changed the laws so that no one under the age of 18 can use indoor tanning facilities. Age at exposure is relevant as well, the younger you are when you get a sunburn or use indoor tanning shops, the more damage that can be done to the DNA of your skin, which then ups your risk for melanoma. Just five sunburns double the risk of cancer. Sunscreens that are "broad spectrum are the best since they protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
NOV 05, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
No, Gravity Doesn't Affect How Bubbles Collapse
NOV 05, 2020
No, Gravity Doesn't Affect How Bubbles Collapse
The ubiquitous presence of bubbles makes them a common phenomenon, but interestingly our understanding of this globular ...
FEB 24, 2021
Plants & Animals
Texas Freeze Caused Historic Sea Turtle Stranding Event
FEB 24, 2021
Texas Freeze Caused Historic Sea Turtle Stranding Event
In addition to the millions of humans who suffered through Texas' historic freeze last week, local wildlife also exp ...
MAR 03, 2021
Plants & Animals
Can Arctic Bearded Seals Compete with Human Noise?
MAR 03, 2021
Can Arctic Bearded Seals Compete with Human Noise?
Vocal communication is a primary key to survival for many species, including the Arctic Ocean's bearded seals. Accor ...
APR 12, 2021
Space & Astronomy
5,200 Tons of Space Dust Fall to Earth Each Year
APR 12, 2021
5,200 Tons of Space Dust Fall to Earth Each Year
An international team of scientists has found that each year, 5,200 tons of dust falls from space to Earth. This far out ...
MAY 15, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Earth's Core has 70 Times More Hydrogen than the Oceans
MAY 15, 2021
Earth's Core has 70 Times More Hydrogen than the Oceans
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have found that under certain extreme conditions, hydrogen particles can bond s ...
JUL 03, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Size of Planet Iron Core Depends on Star Magnetism
JUL 03, 2021
Size of Planet Iron Core Depends on Star Magnetism
Researchers led by the University of Maryland have found that the sun's magnetic field is the reason behind the larg ...
Loading Comments...