If you have red or blonde hair, or had outdoor summer jobs as a teenager you may be up to 10 times more likely than the general population to develop melanoma, new research shows.
A study conducted by MoleMap by Dermatologists – a melanoma surveillance and diagnosis service – based on research by New York University Medical Centre has identified six factors that help predict the risk of people developing melanoma.
These include a history of blistering sunburns as a teenager, red or blonde hai r, marked freckling on the upper back, family history of melanoma, history of scaly patches of skin on sun-exposed areas and outdoor summer jobs for three or more years as a teenager.
Having one of these factors means you are three times more likely than the general population to get a melanoma, while having two or more results in a 10 times increased likelihood of developing melanoma.
The research found that 40 per cent of Australians are three times more likely than average to develop melanoma.
Well, no blonde hair but, I did mow a lot of lawns as a teen to get money for guitar strings. Definitely got some peeling sunburns, but not too many… so far so good. I spent the day in the sun today. To prevent cancer, I’m focusing on this one:
Eat healthy and include many green leafy vegetables and fruits along with lean protein in your diet. Take a vitamin supplement to promote overall health. – link