Melanoma, a typically malignant tumor of melanin forming skin cells, is on the rise. Scientists predict over 76,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2017 and over 10,000 will die from it. This marks an increase from 8,500 melanoma deaths in 2009. What can you do to protect yourself from melanoma? The Melanoma Research Alliance suggests using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, avoiding peak rays, and avoiding the use of tanning beds are all effective habits to lower your melanoma risk. It is especially important to protect your children. One bad sunburn as a child can make a person more susceptible to melanoma later in life.