Reducing The Risk Of Melanoma Skin Cancer

May is Melanoma Awareness Month!

 

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Although no scientific documentation for the exact cause of Melanoma Skin Cancer is known, the correlation between over exposer to sun and Melanoma skin cancer has become  accepted in the research community.

Being from New England, I wait patiently for the summer months! I was disheartened to read states with seasons and climate changes are more susceptible to serious skin cancers.

How do we protect ourselves from potential UV risks :

  1. Cover- up during peek hours of sun exposer- wear protective clothing especially hats and sun glasses when long periods of UV exposer are expected.
  2.  Avoid Sunburns, early life sun burns are statistically worse-so keep your little ones protected.
  3. Choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum, has strong UV protection, SPF @ 30 baby and pregnancy safe, is chemical free!
  4. Do not choose a sun screen SPF values 51-100 (statistically less proportional UV protection)
  5. DO NOT USE TANNING BEDS
  6. Maintain a Vitamin D Rich diet
  7. Check your skin for changes, see a dermatologist regularly

According to the National Cancer Institute “The rate of new Melanoma cases among American Adults has tripled since 1970. NO sunscreen is full-proof, however taking precautions in the sun will drastically reduce risk factors. Although the science is not definitive, the consensus among researchers is very clear…the most important step we can take to reduce our risk of skin cancer, including Melanoma

……AVOID SUNBURNS!