• Sharebar

advertisement

 

Melanoma

What Is The Best Way To Prevent Melanoma?

Last updated on:
29/06/2012

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

The most important way to prevent melanoma is avoiding excessive sun exposure. Prevention must begin in childhood, because most people get about 80 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18.

Keep these facts about sun exposure in mind:

  • Regular, day-to-day exposure is usually experienced by outdoor workers and individuals who spend lots of time in outdoor activities over the course of many years.
  • Rare periods of intense exposure are often experienced by people who stay indoors most of the time and then sun themselves daily for a week or so while on vacation.

How-To Information:

Practical prevention measures can help reduce the chances of developing skin cancer.

  • Avoid sunburns. Scientists think that even one severe, blistering sunburn in childhood can increase the risk of melanoma. Sunburns in adults also are dangerous.
  • Stay out of the direct sun, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the strongest UV rays reach the earth's surface.
  • Avoid both direct and reflected sunlight. Sunlight reflected from water, sand, and snow can be just as damaging to the skin as direct sunlight.
  • Shield the skin with clothing. Long-sleeved garments made from light, tightly woven fabric can protect the skin in summer and yet be cool and comfortable. Use a hat with a broad brim to shade the face.
  • Use sunscreen. Pick a sunscreen that provides "broad spectrum" protection against both UVA and UVB rays in sunlight.
 
 

advertisement

 

advertisement

Take Our Quiz

Stroke is a global disease that knows no boundaries. But few people know how to prevent stroke, or how to recognize signs and symptoms of stroke, or what to do when you suspect someone is having a stroke. What about you? How much do you know about stroke? Take this short quiz to test your stroke IQ.

take the quiz>>

Rate This Article

Your rating: None Average: 3.3 (4 votes)
 

From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.