What Should I Do At Home For Melanoma Prevention?

  • Monitor your moles by examining your skin carefully, including areas of skin not exposed to the sun, on a monthly basis.
  • Avoid tanning and do not use UV tanning booths.
  • Avoid or prevent sun burns.
  • Use sunscreen: a broad spectrum SPF 15+ sunscreen that has coverage for both UVA and UVB. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours—more frequently if in water or sweating.
  • Seek shade, especially at times of peak sun between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Have your dermatologist examine your moles and provide a periodic skin cancer screening.