Wearing Sunscreen is a very good idea. It helps prevents skin aging and wrinkles. More importantly, it blocks harmful UV radiation, and helps prevent skin cancers, including the deadliest: melanoma.
In my family, the females (my daughter and I) are more likely than the males (my husband and son) to wear sunscreen, and use it regularly. I have noticed similar trends in my patients.
The study, based on cancer registry data, found young men 55% more likely to die from melanoma than young women.
Granted: there may be gender-related biological reasons involved. But there are also gender-related differences in how we take care of our skin. The researchers found that newly diagnosed melanomas in men were thicker and more advanced than in women— an indication that men wait longer to get things checked.
Knowing, literally, the ABC’s of melanoma can help you spot it early. Here are the warning signs:
The sooner melanoma is diagnosed and treated, the better the odds of surviving it.
Know those As,Bs,Cs, Ds and Es. Check yourself regularly, and consult your dermatologist.