Preventing Melanoma

Most people like to get a little sun.  Its warmth and light can relax us and boost our spirits.  However, the benefits come with a dangerous tradeoff.  Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.  An estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S in 2017. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and can be spread to other parts of the body. It causes over 9,730 deaths every year and can result from too much exposure to ultraviolet rays from sun or sources such as indoor tanning.  The State of NJ has restricted the availability and use of indoor tanning by minors, and the Borough of Paramus is playing a major role in skin cancer prevention efforts as well.  This year the Borough has increased the number of shade umbrellas at the Municipal Pool and the Paramus Board of Health is once again offering a free skin cancer screening to be conducted at the municipal pool on July 13th between the hours of 1:00 pm and 2:45 pm for all Paramus residents courtesy of Advanced Laser and Skin Care Center.  Some other tips to enjoy what the sun has to offer without risking your health are:

  • Find shade, especially during midday hours
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and other protective clothing outdoors
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days
  • Avoid indoor tanning. People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.