At lumasol, we strive to make products that prevent, protect, and educate. Our mission here at lumasol has always been to stop the epidemic of skin cancer. Melanoma in particular is nothing to overlook, in fact, it’s considered the deadliest and most common form of skin cancer. As a suncare company, we are passionate about providing people with important information that will educate them about the seriousness of sun protection. Most importantly, as May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we want you to understand how to prevent melanoma.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and worldwide.It is important to note that melanoma is skin cancer in its deadliest and most dangerous form.More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined; in fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Moreover, more than two people die of the disease every hour. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, an estimated 207,390 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2021 and an estimated 7,180 people (4,600 men and 2,580 women) will die of melanoma in the U.S. in 2021.
Now, more than ever, it’s extremely important to take preventative measures to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Moreover, research shows that about 90 percent of melanomas are preventable with proper sun safety habits. Making and following safe and healthy sun habits can not only help you prevent melanoma, but it also has many other benefits as well.
No one, regardless of their skin tone, skin texture, or skin type, is “off limits” when it comes to getting melanoma. You may think that if you never get a visible sunburn or if you have darker skin, then you’re less susceptible to skin cancer, but that’s simply not true. In fact, those who don’t burn easily are often the most at risk for a late-stage melanoma diagnosis, which can be life-threatening.
On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if they have had more than five sunburns, but just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. Furthermore, your risk increases by 75 percent when you go to a tanning bed. Avoiding tanning beds and applying/reapplying sunscreen are the best ways to help protect your skin. Using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen daily and reapplying every 2 hours reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.
And your risk is higher if one or more of your first-degree relatives — your mom, dad, or siblings — have had skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, around 10% of all people with melanoma have a family history of the disease.The increased risk might be because of a shared family lifestyle of frequent sun exposure, a family tendency to have fair skin, certain gene changes or mutations that run in a family, or a combination of any of these factors. Experts advise the following:
Now that we hopefully have your attention… there’s some good news. There are precautions that you can take to decrease your risk of melanoma. First and foremost (and this is one we strongly believe in), wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every single day. Here are some more pointers:
The next thing you can do, which was briefly mentioned earlier, is to schedule a yearly skin exam with a board-certified dermatologist you trust. Regular skin checks with your dermatologist help prevent melanoma, and with the appropriate care, it has a cure rate of 98%. During a skin check, your dermatologist will examine your body to check for any recently developed freckles and moles. They will also biopsy any especially concerning spots before anything can turn into melanoma.
Even if you wear sunscreen daily and haven’t had a sunburn in years, it’s still super important to get a skin exam every single year. Melanoma is present in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, which is why it can be difficult to provide a comprehensive set of warning signs. Dermatologists are trained to identify any spots that the average person wouldn’t immediately recognize.Although this information is very dense, it is crucial to preventing melanoma in the future. If you have more questions about melanoma and skin cancer, be sure to reach out to the lumasol team via email or social media!Be the first to know when we post a new blog by joining our mailing list! And follow our social media for more skincare, health, and beauty tips: Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook.