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Melanoma Prevention and Monitoring


Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, resulting in the majority of skin cancer deaths each year. But with the proper precautionary steps, the risk of a melanoma diagnosis can be dramatically reduced.

“To prevent skin cancer, there’s a number of things people can do and change in your own lifestyle,” says Ragini Kudchadkar, M.D. “It’s not just not being outside. Certainly no one wants to just stay inside all day.”

Using the proper SPF (Sun Protection Factor) sunscreen is key, as is the application and reapplication of sunscreen. In addition to the sunscreen method, there are additional barrier methods like sun shirts and sun hats that can be helpful. Here are a few tips from the American Cancer Society to help prevent melanoma and other skin cancers: