Preventing Another Melanoma

Once you have had a melanoma diagnosis, you are at increased risk to develop a second melanoma: you are about 9 times as likely to have another melanoma as someone who has never had melanoma before. Therefore, minimizing the risk of melanoma is especially important.

Couple Applying Sunscreen

There are things you can do to minimize your risk of melanoma:

  • Stay inside between late morning and mid-afternoon while sunshine is strongest.
  • Stay in the shade when possible.
  • Do not indoor tan.
  • Wear protective clothing when in the sun: long sleeves, long pants or skirts, wide-brimmed hats.
  • Protect your eyes when in the sun: wear sunglasses with UV (UVA and UVB) protection.
  • Wear sunscreen daily, ideally with an SPF of at least 30, and re-apply every two hours.
  • Self-examine: Familiarize yourself with your own skin so you will be able to notice changes.  If you suspect changes in your skin, even if you are not sure, contact your dermatologist.