Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, killing over 7,000 people a year. Is melanoma preventable?
Research has shown that 90% of melanomas are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
Sunscreen is best way to prevent melanoma. The Melanoma Foundation advises uses SPF 30 or higher, and using a bottle that says “broad spectrum” on the label which protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
The Journal of Clinical Oncology published a study that showed that regular use of sunscreen decreased the risk of melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma by 50-73%!
There have been “urban legends” that use of sunscreen increases cancer risk, but there is no evidence to support that. There are no studies that show adverse health effects on humans from use of sunscreen.
Did you also know that getting enough Vitamin D is important to prevent the risk of cancer? We get vitamin D from a small amount of sun exposure (you do not need to tan or burn to get vitamin D from the sun), and from our diets. Vitamin D rich foods include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, milk that has had vitamin D added, liver, cheese and egg yolks.