According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, women who are 39 years of age and younger have a higher risk of developing melanoma than they do any other type of cancer with one exception. That exception is breast cancer. With this information in mind, a monthly self-exam for skin irregularities is nearly as important as a monthly breast exam.
While it is true that melanoma only makes up approximately 3 percent of all diagnosed cases of skin cancer, it is quickly becoming a concern for young women. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma accounts for as much as 75 percent of all deaths caused by skin cancer.
With statistics like these, it only makes sense for women within this age bracket to take special care to protect against developing this form of skin cancer (melanoma).
Protecting yourself from skin cancer can be accomplished in a variety of ways. The first strategy simply involves the practice of avoiding the sun whenever possible. Sitting in the shade, completing outside chores at dusk, and staying indoors can all be included in your strategy of avoiding the sun’s harsh rays whenever possible.
According to many sources, the most important time of the day to avoid the sun is between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Therefore, staying indoors during these hours can offer protection against developing this potentially deadly disease.
The use of sunscreen products is another good way to cut back on the damage the sun does to your skin. While it is important to use sunscreen, it is also important to make sure that you are using products that have not expired. It may also be necessary to reapply your sunscreen when any of the following situations occur:
• More than the suggested length of time for the sunscreen to last has passed.
• The sunscreen is not waterproof and you have gone into the water.
• You have inadvertently rubbed the sunscreen off with a towel or other type of cloth.
Should You Worry about Skin Cancer?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in twenty Americans die every single day from skin cancer. The majority of these skin-cancer related deaths involve melanoma. In fact, almost every single hour, a person in America who has melanoma dies from the disease – every 62 minutes according to current statistics gathered by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Additionally, women under the age of 40 have a greater risk of developing skin cancer, so they should take precautions to avoid getting it.