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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Melanoma?

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Melanoma?

08/08/13

(HealthDay News) -- Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer. Knowing your risk factors may help prevent melanoma and detect it early.

The U.S. National Cancer Institute says risk factors for melanoma include:

  • Significant exposure to sunlight's ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen can help prevent UV rays from damaging the skin.
  • Use of tanning booths.
  • Having had a severe, blistering sunburn.
  • Living in an area where the sun is strongest.
  • Having a personal or family history of skin cancer.
  • Having 50 or more "common moles."
  • Having very fair skin that burns easily.
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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.

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