There are ways to prevent this deadly form of skin cancer from developing.
- Avoid overexposure to ultraviolet rays, including the sunlight and tanning beds
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, especially from 10a-4p
- Put sunscreen on your children
- Make sure sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays
- Wear hats, sunglasses, t-shirts, etc. in the sun
- Use lotions, make-up, lip balm, etc. that have SPF in them
- Tanning accelerators are not proven to be safe
- Sunless tanning products, bronzers and extenders, if used properly, are not considered harmful at this time
- Sunless products do not protect against UV rays
- The only FDA-approved color additive for extenders is dihydroxyacetone (DHA)
- Sunless tanning products are to be used externally only, avoiding in the ears, nose, mouth, etc.
- Do self-skin examinations on a monthly basis