Melanoma is one of the most common forms of cancers diagnosed in the United States. In the past 30 years, cases of melanoma have tripled. Melanoma found in the later stages, unfortunately has a low survival rate and that is why it is important to take a few steps to prevent it from occurring.
1. Wear Sunscreen: Broad spectrum sunscreens will block both UVA and UVB rays. Get in the habit of wearing sunscreen even in the winter! While my favorite is Beautycounter, the EWG has put together a lot of information to help you make the best decision.
2. Protective Clothing: Wear sleeves, hats and even sunglasses. Some clothing even has UV protection in it.
3. Avoid the peak sunshine: Find some shade or stay indoors when the sun’s rays are most intense.
4.Tanning Beds: STAY AWAY!! Tanning beds increase your risk of melanoma by 75%!
5. Protect children: One bad sunburn as a child can nearly double your risk for melanoma later in life.