Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Can You Prevent Melanoma?

There are some ways you can reduce your risk of melanoma. You can avoid exposure to intense sunlight. This is especially true for fair skinned people and those with a tendency to develop moles or those who are at increased risk for any reason. Avoid unprotected sun exposure when the sun is high in the sky. Wear protective clothing, sunglasses and hat. Use a suncreen with a sun protector of 15 or higher. Sunscreen doesn't offer total protection from UV rays, but it does help. Indoor sun lamps and tanning beds also increase your risk of skin cancer.

Check your skin thoroughly once a month. Get familiar with your skin and the patterns of any moles, freckles and birthmarks. Be alert to any changes in the number, size, color, shape of any spots on your skin. The best way to do this is to examine your skin. Call your doctor is you find any new or changing skin growths.

Coming Next:
Examining Your Skin For Melanoma

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