It is important to not delay in consulting your doctor if you notice a change in a spot on your skin as early detection could save your life.
Up to 99% of Melanoma’s are caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun or solarium tanning machines (sunbeds). You are at higher risk of Melanoma if you have fair skin, family history, a large number of mole and a record of sunburns, especially during your childhood years.
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a proven human carcinogen. More people today develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.
Unlike many cancers, most Melanoma’s are preventable. If detected early the prognosis for most patients is very good. The best way to prevent melanoma is to be diligent with sun safety on a daily basis.
Set a family rule to always avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day and cover up with long sleeves, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen even on cloudy days.
Practice the ‘Key Three’ to reduce your risk of melanoma
- Cover up outdoors when the UV index is above 3;
- Check your skin monthly – it takes just 10 minutes;
- Book a fully body skin check with your doctor at least once a year.