The sun is a great source for providing warmth and vitamin D. However, before heading outdoors, caregivers need to take an extra step when providing elder care to ensure that they are protected against the harmful effects of the sun. Melanoma is something to consider when bringing your loved one out in the sun.
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a form of cancer that develops in the pigment cells in the skin. It is considered more serious than other forms of skin cancer because of its ability to metastasize, spread to other parts of the body.
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer triggered by the sun and the leading cause of death from skin disease. According to research, over 50% of deaths involving skin cancer occur in people over the age of 65. Serious sunburns at a young age often cause problems in later years. As we age, the skin loses its ability to protect itself so it is even more critical to protect our skin from the sun.
When taking your loved one out in the sun, reduce exposure by wearing hats and tightly woven clothing. Use a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it often. Seniors who like to go to the beach should consider sitting under an umbrella.
Early detection can be cured with minor surgery. Check your skin on a regular basis. If you notice a new or changing spot on your skin, have your doctor take a look at it. Every May, all over the country, the American Academy of Dermatology promotes free skin cancer screening clinics.
The main types of melanoma are:
Superficial spreading melanoma
This type of melanoma accounts for 70% of all cases. This type of melanoma commonly appears on the legs of women and the backs of men. They are barely raised and can be different colors. They evolve over a period of one to five years. If caught early, they can be removed.
This type accounts for 20% of cases in which the melanoma appears as a deeper blue-black to a purplish colored lump. They evolve fast and are more likely to spread.
This type appears on the face due to constant sun exposure. It appears as a large irregular shape or a colored freckle. This type is slow to evolve and may take years before it becomes a dangerous melanoma.
As a part of providing elder care, don’t take the sun lightly. Encourage the elderly to take care of and protect their skin.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of home care services in Memorial, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
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Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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