The chance of developing melanoma, and other types of skin cancer can be minimized by following these general rules:

  • Avoid extended periods of sun exposure, especially during peak hours.
  • Protect the skin from UV rays with broad-spectrum sunscreen.
  • When outdoors, wear sun hats and a protective layer of clothing, and shield the eyes with sunglasses that offer UV protection.
  • Do not use sunlamps, tanning beds, and tanning booths, all potentially dangerous sources of UV radiation.
  • Regular follow up with a dermatologist, particularly if you have a history of skin cancer