Melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, is estimated to take nearly 10,000 lives in 2015. Although it can be extremely deadly, melanoma is also highly preventable with some lifestyle stages and by enrolling in MoleSafe’s early detection screening program.

Certain factors affect your risk of developing skin cancer or melanoma. Some of those factors can be controlled and may decrease your risk of developing this potentially-deadly disease. The most prominent controlled risk factors include:

  • UV Light Exposure: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is a major risk factor for melanoma, but it is also one of the most preventable. People who get extended amounts of UV exposure from the sun or tanning lamps are at a much greater risk for skin cancer and melanoma. Avoid long periods of time in the sun, always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and re-apply it every hour and a half, and wear protective clothing to minimize your risk.
  • Smoking: Though most commonly associated with lung cancer and heart disease, people who smoke are also more likely to develop squamous cell skin cancer, particularly on the lips. People can reduce their risk of developing skin cancer and other harmful health conditions by avoiding smoking or quitting immediately.

There are also several factors that cannot be controlled or changed, such as your age, family history and physical qualities (fair skin, light eyes/hair and the number of moles on your body). As you age, due to accumulated exposure to UV radiation, skin cancer and melanoma risk increases. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once in their lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Regular skin exams can increase the chances of catching a developing melanoma early, at its most curable stage before it spreads. Getting a full-body scan annually is extremely important, especially if you have one or more risk factor.

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MoleSafe, which offers the world’s most advanced skin cancer screenings, has an office conveniently located in Millburn, NJ. By enrolling in MoleSafe’s early detection screening program, you are getting access to the most advanced technology and experts that identify suspicious moles at the earliest possible stages and reducing the unnecessary removal of benign lesions.

For more information or to book your initial screening today, please call 1-877-326-6518 or visit http://molesafe.com/millburn/screening/.