How to Prevent Melanoma

You can follow three simple steps to reduce your risk: protect yourself from the sun, avoid indoor tanning, and know your skin and examine it regularly.

  • Wear sunscreen when going outside. It’s important to make sunscreen a daily habit 365 days of the year. UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days.
  • If you have fair skin, red or blonde hair and light eyes, a history of sunburn or UV exposure, or a family history of melanoma, you could be at higher risk for skin cancer. Talk to your dermatologist or health care provider about the benefits of regular skin examinations.
  • Indoor tanning has been shown to increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75%. Melanoma is the number one new cancer diagnosed in young adults (ages 25-29), and scientists attribute this trend to the use of tanning beds among this age group, particularly young women. Protect yourself by avoiding tanning beds.

To detect melanoma early, look for changes in your skin following the ABCDEs of melanoma. These include: moles or growths that are...

Have an irregular Border
Exhibit changes in Color
Have a Diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser
Or have Evolved in size or thickness

If you notice one or more of these signs, visit your healthcare provider.

Know the facts.
Protect your skin and prevent melanoma