The risk of developing melanoma has steadily increased in countries across the world. It has become so common that you may know someone who has had it. I do: my husband was diagnosed with malignant melanoma 10 years ago.
It’s scary, and whenever you are faced with a diagnosis like this, you tend to ask why and wonder what you might have done differently to prevent it. In my husband’s case, we are fairly certain his cancer developed due to years working as a lifeguard at the community pool in the summers.
Researchers say there is also a strong link between one’s weight and the likelihood of developing this deadly disease. Swedish researchers found that obese people who underwent bariatric surgery reduced their risk of developing malignant melanoma by a whopping 61%! This group of patients also saw a 42% reduction in risk of developing skin cancer in general.
Maintaining a healthy weight is associated with a reduction in risk of developing so many cancers, and in living a longer and healthier life. This is just one more reason to get thee outdoors to move that incredible body.
We believe living healthy is living well, and we aim to support others as they work to stay beautiful, active and pain-free, no matter what their age.