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The Risks of Melanoma Cancer in Young People

Young woman lying in a tanning bedMelanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer and can afflict people of all ages, including young people. Melanoma cancer is the second most common type that develops in women aged 20 to 29, and if it is not caught early, it can spread to other parts of the body. This form of cancer is caused by sunburns and high UV exposure and can be genetic.

The increased use in tanning beds has caused the risk of skin cancer in young people to rise rapidly. Even those who have not been severely harmed by the sun’s rays could still be susceptible to developing melanoma. It is incredibly important for young people to be proactive and receive regular skin cancer screenings, especially if they are often tanning or spending time in the sun.

When skin cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100%. It is also essential to be proactive with skincare routines. Use sunscreen and SPF products daily, especially when you know you will be outside for a prolonged period. Even a cloudy day can still be damaging to your skin, as 80% of the sun’s rays are still reaching your skin.

If you are unsure as to what you can do, or you are worried about the condition of your skin, our Denver dermatology specialists can help you identify potential concerns and develop a skin care regimen that works with your routine. Contact Colorado Skin Care today at (303) 740-4883 to get started.

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