There is nothing more you can do to prevent melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than to use sunscreen every time you go into the sun. You might imagine that people who have survived melanoma would be extra careful. But a study by researchers at Yale University’s School of Medicine reveals more than 25 percent of melanoma survivors never use sunscreen when heading outdoors.
Everyone should limit exposure to the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) light. This means putting sunscreen on every time you go out, staying in the shade as much as possible, wearing protective clothing and a hat, and avoiding tanning salons.
The good news of the study is that over one-third of melanoma survivors always wore sunscreen. Other studies have revealed only about 17 percent of Americans wear sunscreen all the time. The researchers believe better education of the melanoma survivors increases the rate at which they use sunscreen.
With almost 77,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed each year in the United States, it is critically important for everyone to understand the risks of sun exposure. An estimated 9,500 American will die of the disease this year. But with better education about basic precautions, that number could be reduced significantly.