Health advice for Dad! Melanoma on the rise

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jun 15, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-15 18:33:21-04

(WTVR) — Sunday is Father’s Day and as you thank him for all of his hard work, you may also want to remind him of a serious health risk.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the number of melanomas have increased in men over 65 by nine percent for the past decade. Doctors say older Caucasian men that are fair skinned and have a history of sunburns are at a very high risk for the cancer.

Dermatologists say to watch for signs of irregular moles or lesions. If you’re fair skinned man over 40 years old, they also recommend and annual skin check to catch any signs of melanoma early on.