When a dark spot appeared under his toenail, Marley attributed it to a recent soccer injury. The spot instead turned out to be an aggressive form of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. When caught early, melanoma can be treated and fully removed. If left unchecked, melanoma is likely to metastasize and spread to other parts of the body. Sadly, Marley lost his life at age 36.
Those with fair skin tones are more at risk for melanoma, however we know from Bob Marley’s story that anyone can be affected by melanoma. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on any changes in your skin and have a dermatologist perform yearly skin checks. If a mole is new, changing, frequently bleeds, doesn’t heal, or just doesn’t seem right to you–get it checked!
*Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day (See our product of the month below!). For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher.
*Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
*Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
*Cover up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
*Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
*Don’t get sunburned.
*Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
*Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
*Visit your dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam and twice a year if you have a history of skin cancer.