Melanoma: Protecting Your Skin in the Summertime

Let’s face it, fellas. We’re not always the best when it comes to taking care of ourselves. That includes protecting one of our most vital and largest organs – our skin. It’s that time of the year when people are heading outdoors for several reasons – sporting activities, vacations, and working outside jobs. But under the brilliant sun rays, there’s a lurking danger – melanoma, a type of skin cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes.

Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers like basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma but is much more dangerous. If not caught in its early stages, it can spread into other parts of the body and become life-threatening. In fact, melanoma is responsible for 1% of all skin cancer cases but 90% of all skin cancer deaths. However, the good news is that if melanoma is detected early, it has a 98% cure rate.

So how can we protect ourselves from melanoma? The answer is simple – protect your skin from the sun. Here are some helpful tips:

- Wear protective clothing: The first line of defense against the sun