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Melanoma Rates Double in the US Over Past 30 Years

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There’s news from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – and it’s not good for sun lovers and active outdoor enthusiasts. Research shows that the rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have doubled nationwide over the past three decades and likely will continue to climb if Americans fail to adopt safer sun practices.

A recent report shows that more than 90 percent of melanomas are caused by skin cell damage from ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun and tanning beds. By far the most prevalent form of skin cancer, melanoma claims the lives of some 9,000 Americans each year – a figure that reflects one death every hour. Without increased prevention, medical experts predict melanoma rates will escalate over the next 15 years, with 112,000 new cases projected in 2030.

We here at Metropolitan Dermatology urge you to adopt these sun-safe practices to protect not only your skin but your life:

  1. Minimize your time in the sun, particularly between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  2. Skip the tanning beds. Contrary to popular belief, they’re no safer than natural sun exposure.
  3. Wear a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sun block every time you venture outside.
  4. Cover up with long sleeves and pants and a broad-brimmed hat.
  5. Don sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  6. Seek a shady spot if you’ll be outside for an extended period of time.
  7. Perform a regular skin check, noting any new moles or skin lesions or changes in the color, shape or size of existing marks.
  8. Schedule and keep regular skin cancer screenings at least once a year, more if you spend lot of time outside.

If you suspect you may have melanoma, don’t dare wait. As with any disease, early detection and treatment is critical. Call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology office in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck, NJ or Staten Island, NY to schedule a consultation.

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