Detect and Prevent Melanoma: 5 Tips

Detect and Prevent Melanoma: 5 Tips

Each year more and more people are affected by melanoma. Representing the deadliest cancer in North America, incidences of melanoma are increasing each year.

Here are 5 tips to prevent and detect this dreadful cancer at an early stage

AVOID TANNING BEDS: Studies have shown that regular use of tanning beds before the age of 35 increases your chance of developing melanoma by a sizable 75%. Avoid tanning beds.

KNOW YOUR PHOTOTYPE: If you have fair skin color, light hair, many moles on the body and you burn easily in the sun, you have more chance of developing melanoma. Wear a SPF 30 UVA/UVB Sunscreen Protection.

PREVENT SUNBURN: A sunburn, as unassuming as it may seem, is a major sign that the skin has been assaulted by UV rays and the risk of developing melanoma is much higher. Avoid sun exposure between 11 am and 4 pm and apply a SPF 30 UVA/UVB Sunscreen Protection every to 2 hours.

DO AN ANNUAL SKIN EVALUATION: Undergo an annual skin evaluation with a physician to detect any anomalies. Perform a monthly self evaluation as well by referring to the *ABCDE of melanoma and have a skin evaluation performed with your skin care specialist who uses a Wood’s Lamp (skin scanner) or other skin diagnostic devices.

WEAR SUNSCREEN: Did you know that you can get a 50% less chance of developing melanoma when sunscreen is applied daily? Wear a SPF 30 UVA/UVB Sunscreen Protection daily all year long, especially when exposed to sunlight for long periods of time.

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