It is not new information that excessive exposure to the sun greatly increases one’s risk of developing skin cancer. Despite this knowledge, young adults under the the age of 30 fearlessly ignore the dangers of the sun, at higher rates than before. In addition, there has been an increase in the number of reported sunburns over the past few years. Why the sudden increase?
It’s Raining Outside? Let’s Just Go Indoor Tanning!
The latest fad of indoor tanning is definitely to blame for this alarming behavior. Studies have shown that nearly one-third of Caucasian women between the ages of 18 and 21 have gone to a tanning salon last year. The indoor tanning industry would like you to think otherwise, but frequent indoor tanning before you are 30 increases your likelihood of later developing melanoma by 75 percent. Remember this: just one sunburn in your teens can put you at risk for developing melanoma years later.
How Can I Reduce My Chances of Developing Skin Cancer?
Besides avoiding tanning beds, several other measures can be taken to reduce your exposure to skin cancer. Always apply sunscreen when going outdoors, cover yourself up and avoid extended time outdoors between 10AM and 4PM (when the sun’s rays are most harmful). Regardless of your sun habits, people with lots of moles must get regular complete body examinations to detect, and if necessary, treat skin cancer in its earlier stages.
Schedule Your Complete Body Examination Today!
Contact us today to schedule your complete body examination. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in diagnosing and treating skin cancer and many other skin conditions. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), New York City, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.