Exposure to damaging UV rays from the sun and tanning devices is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma.
Tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma by 75%
People with the following traits are at higher risk for developing melanoma and other skin cancers:
Red or blonde hair
More than 50 moles
History of sunburn or UV exposure
Family history of skin cancer
Personal history of skin cancer
The Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation partners with the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOTme program to offer free screenings. Currently, we are the only free screening service performed in North Carolina.