Did you know that rates of skin cancer, including melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, continue to rise, even among the young?
Melanoma is among the most common forms of cancer among young adults ages 15 to 29.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology, just one severe sunburn during childhood or adolescence can more than double the risk of melanoma later in life.
Sunscreen is just one form of protection against the damaging effect of UV radiation. Strategies such as seeking shade and dressing children in sun-protective clothing are equally important.
In addition, since skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, Badawii recommends performing regular skin self-exams using the ABCDE method of melanoma.
If you notice any new spots on her skin, spots that are different from others, or spots that change, itch, or bleed, contact a dermatologist.