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What can i do to prevent malignant melanoma?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Sun Protection!: The main risk factor you can control is sun exposure. Apply high protection sunblock early and often, and wear appropriate full length clothing as much as possible (clothing designed for sun shielding will keep you comfortable, cool and safe). If you have any suspicious lesions, get them checked out asap. Early detection of melanoma is critical to a good result.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Protect you, family: Please stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. Use sunscreen protection and wear clothing and hats to cover the body. Have checks of your skin as advised by your doctors.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
Family Medicine 29 years experience
truer words were never typed!
Nov 7, 2011
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology 38 years experience
Melanoma prevention: Some melanomas are caused by an inherited gene and you have to be frequently followed by a dermatologist. Otherwise, since childhood, people should have their skin protected from getting any sunburn as this is a sign of "radiation [ultraviolet] toxicity." use a sunscreen with u.V. A and b protection, go out early and late hours, wide-brimmed hat and sun protection clothing. Avoid tanning beds.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Limit UV radiation: Sunscreen, limiting your exposure to uv radiation. Never use a tanning bed. And see your friendly dermatologist for routine complete skin examinations.
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Melanoma: Regular yearly skin checks by your doctor or dermatologist Sun screen Use sun hands with broad brim Avoid sun bathing and uv bathing

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