Skip to main content

Why Are More Women Getting Melanoma?

Why Are More Women Getting Melanoma?

Most people who develop skin cancer receive successful treatment, especially if the disease is caught early on. But one type of skin cancer can be deadly: melanoma. If melanoma isn’t caught in time, it can be fatal. 

Our board-certified dermatologists at Seacoast Dermatology are skin cancer experts. When we check your skin, we look for any sign of cancer. If you have a precancerous spot or cancer, we arrange prompt treatment. Early detection is the key to treatment without complications. 

If you’re a woman, pay particular attention to recent statistics. Women under 50 now have a higher probability of getting melanoma than any other cancer aside from breast or thyroid cancer. 

In this month’s blog post, we explore why that may be the case. Knowing the risk factors for melanoma helps you take preventive steps to protect yourself. 

Fair skin 

Do you have fair skin, blonde or red hair, and blue eyes? If your skin is fair and you tend to burn rather than tan, you’re more at risk than someone with darker skin. 

Sun exposure 

Do you love the sun? If you have a job that requires working in the midday sun, or if you’ve spent hours at the beach or pool over the years, you may be at risk not only for basal cell or squamous cell cancer but also melanoma. Ultraviolet B radiation is a known carcinogen. 

Researchers now think that UVA radiation may contribute to melanoma as well. Research shows that a majority of melanoma cases are due to radiation from sun exposure

Indoor tanning beds

Researchers say that indoor tanning beds may be causing an increase in melanoma in young women. Melanoma has increased over 6% annually in Caucasian women under 44. In women aged 15-29, melanoma is increasing faster than in males in the same age group.


If you have more than your share of moles or have large moles, get regular skin checks. You’re more at risk of melanoma than others with few moles. 


Genes play a role in about 10% of melanoma cases. If you have a close family member who’s had melanoma, your risk is two to three times higher than those without a family history of melanoma. 

All of these risk factors for melanoma are good reasons to make and keep your annual skin health checkup. Don’t wait for your annual appointment if you see a change in a mole or a spot on your skin that is rough, itchy, discolored, or doesn’t heal. 

Contact one of our convenient offices in Portsmouth, Dover, or Exeter, New Hampshire, to make an appointment.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Our Favorite Summertime Eczema Care Tips

Our Favorite Summertime Eczema Care Tips

Does your skin itch so much that you’ve scratched it raw at times? Eczema can be a frustrating skin condition, but a dermatologist can help you manage it so you can enjoy life without harming your skin.
How to Prevent Severe Acne Flare-ups

How to Prevent Severe Acne Flare-ups

Acne flare-ups are an embarrassing problem when you’re an adult, but when you’re a teen, they’re akin to being emotionally catastrophic. Check out these tips to help you avoid unsightly flare-ups. 
Why Winter Is a Great Time for a Skin Checkup

Why Winter Is a Great Time for a Skin Checkup

It may seem counterintuitive to make an appointment for a skin checkup during the winter when most of your skin is covered up. Learn four good reasons why winter is actually a good time for a skin check. 

4 Popular Reasons to Consider Fillers

The holidays are here. Are you ready? You may be happy with your wardrobe, but what about your face? Learn how dermal fillers can cover a number of signs of aging.