In the last 30 years, melanoma has become the fastest rising cancer, reaching epidemic proportions. It is also one cancer that we can prevent by limiting exposure to the sun and performing regular skin exams. Sun exposure and burns create a great risk for all skin cancers.
We get 80 percent of our sun exposure before age 18. The sun you get in your adolescence sets you up for developing melanoma in your forties or fifties. Yet the sun is the one risk factor we can control.