July 3, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin
Melanoma rates in women have skyrocketed according to a Mayo Clinic study which finds they’ve increased eightfold between 1970 and 2009.
These are some potential causes of skin cancer and what you can do to prevent it…
If your mother, father, siblings, or children have had a melanoma, your risk is 50 percent greater than the average person’s. There’s not much you can do about family history, except to know you are at higher risk and take extra precautions through your life.
A BLISTERING SUNBURN
Just one in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your chances of developing melanoma later in life. And even five mild sunburns over the course of your life can also double the risk.
TANNING BED USE
Indoor tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never used a tanning bed. They also have a 69 percent increased risk for early-onset basal cell carcinoma.
FAIR SKIN OR LIGHT EYES
Pale women have less melanin, the skin’s natural sun protection. Those with baby-blue or green eyes are also more prone to skin cancer than women with deep-brown irises.
LIVING IN A SUNNY OR HIGH ALTITUDE AREA
Tropical climates expose you to strong UV radiation year-round. As for altitude, for every 1,000 feet above sea level, you increase your UV exposure by 4 to 5 percent.