What You Need To Know:
Melanoma is the most common cancer among women aged 25-32
Melanoma rates are increasing faster than nearly all other
Melanoma is a relatively easy disease to prevent.
Most melanomas are easy to stop if caught soon enough - all
it takes is a yearly skin exam.
Melanoma kills one person every hour.
As many as 10,000 people a year die from melanoma.
The New England states have a higher than average rate of
People who use tanning beds once a month before the age of
35 increase their melanoma risk by 75%.
It is not safe to tan in the sun or in a tanning booth.
The more you tan and the younger you start tanning, the
more likely it is that you will get melanoma.
Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is equivalent to
spending one to three hours a day at the beach with no sun
protection at all.
Tanning beds put out three to six times the amount of
radiation given off by the sun.
For most people, 5-10 minutes of unprotected sun 2-3 times
a week is enough to help your skin make Vitamin D, which is
essential for your health. Getting more sun won't increase your
Vitamin D level, but it will increase your risk of skin cancer.
Vitamin D also comes from orange juice, milk, fish, and supplements.
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