RIsk Factors For Melanoma

The fifth most prevalent cancer out of all cancer variations is melanoma, a type of skin cancer, not far behind breast cancers, lung cancers, prostate cancers, and the number one most common type of cancer, colorectal. All types of cancer are caused by a mutation of the cell's DNA that results in the abnormally rapid division and reproduction of cells that form cancerous tumors. Ultraviolet ray exposure is the leading cause for these DNA mutations that develop into dangerous melanomas. Most describe melanoma spots as mole-like, and black or brown in color, though they also sometimes appear white, red, purple, blue, or pink. It is important to know the risk factors for developing melanoma, as once it has metastasized to other organ systems it often becomes fatal. Learn about what increases an individual's risk of developing melanoma now.

Overuse Of Tanning Beds

The biggest risk factor that increases an individual's chances of developing melanoma is the overuse of tanning beds. Many tanning bed users have the common misconception the ultraviolet rays from an indoor tanning bed are less harmful than those from the sun. The belief is on the basis there is more control with indoor tanning as opposed to outdoor tanning, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Tanning beds deliver higher quantities of all types of ultraviolet rays than the natural sun does. Visits to the tanning salon on a regular basis is shown to increase an individual's risk for developing melanoma by fifty-nine percent according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer place tanning beds in the highest cancer risk classification with plutonium and asbestos. It is also important to note the chance of developing melanoma is increased by a staggering seventy-five percent if an individual uses a tanning bed prior to turning thirty years old.

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