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Melanoma Prevention


To reduce your chance of getting melanoma:

  • Avoid spending too much time in the sun.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. For example, wear a shirt, wide brim hat, and sunglasses.
  • Use sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
  • Avoid exposing your skin to the sun between:
    • 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (standard time)
    • 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (daylight savings time)
  • Avoid sun lamps and tanning booths.

Take the following steps to find melanoma in its early stages:

  • See your doctor if you think you have melanoma.
  • If you have many moles or a family history of melanoma, have your skin checked regularly for changes in moles.
  • Ask your doctor to show you how to do a skin self-exam .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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