On average, those with a parent who has been diagnosed with melanoma are almost 300 percent more likely to develop the disease than children who do not have a parent with a history of melanoma.
One in 10 melanoma patients has a relative with a history of the disease.
An estimated 76,690 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2013; the disease will kill 9,480.
Children with a parent who has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are 220 percent more likely to develop the disease than those who do not have a parent with a history of SCC.
The second most common skin cancer, SCC affects an estimated 700,000 people in the US annually. It kills approximately 2,500 every year.
While Basal Cell Carcinomas and other skin cancers are almost always curable when detected and treated early, it is best to prevent them in the first place. Make these sun safety habits part of your daily health care routine:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Do not burn.
- Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor
activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply
every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- See your doctor every year for a professional skin exam.http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/basal-cell-carcinoma/bcc-prevention-guidelines
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