Who Is At Risk for Melanoma?
The main cause of melanoma is thought to be the sun, through exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. People with fair skin and who tend to sunburn easily — especially those with red or blond hair — may be at greatest of Melanoma risk because their skin cells have less melanin. Melanoma
Reducing Your Risk for Melanoma:
Since melanoma is caused by the sun, it makes sense that people should try to avoid or protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays. This is especially important between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Melanoma.
(Melanoma) Protect yourself by wearing wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Whenever you are outdoors for an extended period, use a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher on all exposed skin — even in the winter — and carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. (Melanoma)
Protect Your Children from Melanoma
Special sunscreens are available for babies and children under six years of age. Infants, children and teens who do get sunburned may not see the long-term damaging effects for many years. But recent studies suggest that one or more early blistering sunburns during childhood can be a major contributor to developing melanoma later in life.
This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of your physician. Consult your doctor regularly about matters concerning your health, particularly regarding symptoms that require diagnosis or immediate medical attention.