Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer
A concerning new trend is making its rounds on social media. People have been using the hashtag #sunburnart to show off their designs, which are created by exposing parts of your body to the sun without sunscreen. Health experts are warning against the tanning trend. The Skin Cancer Foundation is advising people to avoid sunburns at all costs, as they increase the risk for skin aging and skin cancer.
Dr. Adam Cash says melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Research has shown exposure to UV rays from sunlight and tanning beds increase a person's risk. He recommends people keep the ABCD's of melanoma in mind this summer.
Asymmetry. If you would draw a line through your mole, do the two halves look different?
Borders. Are the borders of your mole uneven?
Color. Are there multiple shades of brown in your mole?
Diameter. Is your mole larger than the tip of an eraser?
If you answer yes to any of those, Dr. Cash says you may be at risk.
"The bottom line is if something is changing, get it looked at. If something is bleeding, ulcerating, crusting or just doesn't look normal, seek attention," said Dr. Cash.
The best protection against the sun are barriers like hats and sunglasses, as well as sun screen.
Dr. Cash suggests adding a SPF 15 to you daily routine. If you're going to be in the sun, it's recommended you apply a SPF of at least 30, every two hours.
"At the end of the day, no one is going to set their watch every two hours. So, chances are you are going to get a little color and that is unavoidable, but being mindful of being as protective as you can is going to increase your chances of not developing skin cancer as you age.
Current estimates are that one in five Americans will development skin cancer in their lifetime. Men over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk.