For patients who love the sun, a skin check with a specialist is a must.
Delaware’s melanoma rate is the fifth highest in the nation.
It’s important to discuss exposure to the sun with your patients — particularly those who work outdoors and have an increased risk. Most melanomas are likely to occur in individuals who are fair-skinned. Women are at higher risk before age 40, and men after age 40. Encourage self-examination and, for high-risk individuals, recommend an annual examination by a clinical expert such as a dermatologist. You can refer patients to ProtectYourSkinDE.com for more information and to find a dermatologist.
Risk factors for melanoma:
- Exposure to excessive UV light from sources such as the sun or tanning beds
- History of sunburns
- Presence of moles
- Light-colored skin, freckles, light hair, and blue or green eyes
- Family or personal history of melanoma
- Women younger than age 40
- Men older than age 40
- Diagnosis of xeroderma pigmentosum
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