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With summer in full swing and more time is spent outdoors, it's important to remember the key information about sun safety. Sunscreen is always a must have item, as it protects you from the sun's harmful rays that can cause sunburns, and can quickly lead to skin cancer, or melanoma.
Though melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer within the United States, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Approximately 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. By raising awareness of the dangers of unprotected exposure and encouraging sun-safe habits, behaviors can be changed and lives can be saved.
With the incidence of this disease reaching epidemic levels, it's become imperative to talk about prevention, as well as how to properly detect melanoma. An easy to remember guideline "ABCDE" is extremely useful for identifying malignant melanoma.
Many people, especially those who have fair coloring or have had extensive sun exposure, periodically should check their bodies for suspicious moles and lesions. Have your primary health care doctor, or a dermatologist check any moles or spots that concern you. See your doctor if you notice any changes in the size, shape, color, or texture of pigmented areas.
PLEASE CONSULT A QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE BEGINNING ANY MEDICATION, TAKING ANY SUPPLEMENTS, OR BEGINNING A NEW HEALTH REGIMEN.