Skin cancer is more common than you may know. An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). And young people are not immune. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, is one of the most common cancers to strike people under the age of 30.
While Melanoma accounts for less than 2 percent of all skin cancer cases, it causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 10,000 people are expected to die of melanoma in the United States in 2015.
The following skin-saving tips can help protect you from sun damage:
1. Wear sunscreen daily.
2. Use clothing that offers SPF protection.
3. Avoid tanning beds.
4. Stay out of the sun during peak hours, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
And to aid early detection:
1. Watch for atypical moles.
2. See a dermatologist annually for a thorough full-body exam.
“The best strategy to defeat skin cancer is to prevent it entirely, or to detect it as early as possible,” says Dr. Hubert Greenway, Jr., chairman of Bighorn Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines.
Learn Dr. Greenway’s tips for prevention and early detection here: http://www.scripps.org/news_items/5269-skin-cancer-facts-you-shouldn-t-ignore?utm_source=SOCIAL