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Make sure to use your sunscreen!

You may be wondering why applying sunscreen is important, besides being a generally healthy behavior. There is a correlation between those with PD and developing Melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer.

The relationship is not completely understood at this time but it has been found that there is a 4x greater chance of someone with PD developing Melanoma and a 4x greater chance of someone with Melanoma developing PD.

What are other risk factors for developing Melanoma?

  • Increased age

  • Male

  • Personal and family history of melanoma

  • Fair skin, light eyes

  • Exposure to UV rays

What can you do to help prevent melanoma?

  • See a dermatologist for a yearly check up and if you are seeing any changes in moles set up an appointment.

  • Visit the National Institute for Health website on checking moles

  • Make sure to wear waterproof sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. Make sure if protects against UVA and UVB rays.

  • Minimize sun exposure. Wear protective clothing.

  • Avoid sun exposure at peak times of day (midday).

  • Avoid UV lights - skip the tanning bed.

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