Melanoma Awareness

Are You At Risk For Melanoma

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Posted 03/10/14

Melanoma is one of the most well-known forms of skin cancer. It is also one of the most dangerous. This condition can develop with overexposure to the sun, but there are other factors that can bring about the conditions. However, melanoma is usually attributed to some sort of exposure to ultraviolet radiation. The best defense against it is to try to prevent it in the first place.

You should try to determine how at risk you are for melanoma. For instance, if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, you are probably at a higher risk. This is true even of other forms of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma that has been treated and removed. If you have a history of sunburns, you may also be at a higher risk.

CHECKING FOR SIGNS OF MELANOMA

People with lighter skin tones are also more susceptible to melanoma although it can occur in people with darker skin tones. If you have ever had abnormal moles, it is crucial that you look for any changes in them such as with the size, colour and texture as this can be a sign of melanoma. If these moles bleed, you are also at a greater risk of having melanoma.

People who have had precancerous skin lesions are also at a higher risk of developing melanoma. These lesions are most likely to develop on someone who has a lighter skin tone and had some skin damage from exposure to the sun. Also, exposure to other kinds of substances such as arsenic can put you at a greater risk of developing melanoma. Tanning through tanning beds and lamps is also linked to cancer.

You may also be at greater risk for melanoma if you have a weakened immune system. For instance, if you are taking immunosuppressant medication after an organ transplant, you may be more susceptible to skin cancer. You are also more susceptible as you age because these cancers can develop quite slowly. Knowing the risk factors in developing skin cancer can help you prevent melanoma before it grows too serious to treat effectively.

Are you worried about a mole? If so, then don’t ignore the problem. Book an appointment with MoleMap today for peace of mind. Remember, early detection reduces your chance.