Preventing melanoma

Did you know if a young adult uses an indoor tanning booth before they are 30 years old, they have increased their chance of developing melanoma by 75 percent? 

According to the National Cancer Institute, melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and second most common for those 15-29 years old. The number of people being diagnosed with melanoma continues to rise at a faster rate compared to those diagnosed with the seven most common cancers.

How to prevent melanoma

Prevention of melanoma and other skins cancers is very simple.

  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
  • Do not use indoor tanning beds.
  • When you think you may be exposed to UV rays, wear sunscreen and/or protective clothing and hats.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours.

If you or a family member or friend is diagnosed with melanoma, it is important they are treated by a cancer doctor who is experienced in treating melanoma. At the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, we have a Melanoma Clinic, staffed by a team of health care providers from many specialties, such as dermatology, oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology (head and neck cancer).

Last reviewed: 
April 2018
Alternative Names: 
Skin Cancer

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