St. Luke’s Men’s Health Offers Helpful Tips on Preventing Melanoma
Did you know that Idaho consistently ranks among the highest states for melanoma incidence and death rates? Whether you are playing in the tournament, on the lake or enjoying a back yard BBQ, the sun is always a factor. Melanoma incidence has more than tripled over the last 30 years. Melanoma is much more common among non-Hispanic whites than people of other races and ethnicities. Here are a few helpful tips to consider:
- Use broad spectrum sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
- Use about one ounce of sunscreen (a shotglass full) and apply 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hrs.
- Wear protective clothing
- Seek shade
- Do not burn, especially during childhood
- Avoid tanning
- Replace vitamin D safely through healthy diet and vitamin supplements
- Be aware of medications that you are taking as some medications can increase skin’s sensitivity
Here are some additional resources: www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics/state.htm (a map of the United States broken in to the incident rates and death rates by state) www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/id_facts_web.pdf (Skin Cancel fact sheet specifically for Idaho) www.ccaidaho.org/docs/Melanoma%20in%20Idaho%209-2014.pdf (more facts about melanoma in Idaho)