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4 Ways to Prevent the Development of Melanoma

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This is part 2 of 2 in a mini-series about melanoma. The previous article went into detail about how to tell if you may be developing this deadly form of skin cancer. Melanoma is one of the most serious forms of cancer in the world, and it should be treated as such.

4 Ways to Prevent the Development of Melanoma

Even though melanoma is the deadliest – and unfortunately, the most common – form of skin cancer in the world, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be prevented. Rather than waiting until you’re diagnosed to take actionable steps, doing a few things here and there before that point will keep you healthy and reduce your chances of developing the disease.

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Especially as you get older, you may be even more at risk of developing melanoma. Your chances are even higher if you have a history of it in your family. Although nobody is completely immune to the disease, here are a few ways to keep it out of your life:

1. Go Easy on the Tanning

Tanning isn’t necessarily the safest thing. Although a bit of sun exposure is great for giving you a healthy supply of vitamin D, too much of it is far more dangerous than having too little. While the dangers of tanning are pretty commonly known, it remains as one of the most popular ways that people “improve” on their skin.

While I’d recommend not bothering with it at all (you can get a healthy dose of sunlight without pushing to extreme measures), limiting your tanning to only infrequent, short periods of time is considerably safer.

2. Limit Your Time Spent Outside on Hot Days

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If you’ve ever looked into the science behind why the sky shifts from blue to red at different times of the day, you’ll understand that sunlight hits us more directly at certain times of the day. Right around noon, the light will be the most intense – don’t spend too long outside around this time, as it could mean a disaster for your skin.

3. Use Sunscreen when Planning on Being out for Extended Periods of Time

Getting burned is one of the biggest causes of melanoma in the world. This is why it’s so important to use sunscreen whenever you go outside for extended periods of time or if you are prone to burning – especially on those hot, sunny days. This will keep you safe from the dangerous UV rays when your skin is out there cooking in the heat.

I generally avoid store bought sun screens as much as possible. Too many of them contain harmful ingredients that cause more damage than they prevent. So why not opt for an alternative? You can get your own D-I-Y sunscreen recipe here that keeps you healthy while getting the job done.

4. Don’t Undervalue Shade

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The main idea behind all of these preventative measures is that you want to limit the amount of direct sunlight hitting your unprotected skin. This is exactly why you should get in the shade as much as possible while you’re outside. Give your skin a break from the amount of UV exposure that it’s getting each day. It could be the difference maker in whether or not you develop skin cancer.

Sunlight is one of the biggest drivers in the development of skin cancer. Knowing how to keep your skin safe from damage is the first step towards reducing the risk of disease.

Sources:

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedguide/melanoma-skin-cancer-risk-factors

12 Common Diseases Caused by Vitamin D Deficiency

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb

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Michelle Toole is the founder and head editor of Healthy Holistic Living. Learn all about her life's inspiration and journey to health and wellness.
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