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What are the best possible ways to prevent melanoma?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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. See www.Melanomafoundation.Org.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 36 years experience
Sunscreen+avoidance: It is generally thought that the best way to prevent melanoma is to avoid excessive sun exposure and to use sunscreen. However those measures will not completely protect someone from developing melanoma, particularly if they have sun sensitive skin or a family history or skin cancer or melanoma.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Sunscreen: Limiting your exposure to uv radiation is the most important way. Never use a tanning bed. Wear sunscreen cover up as much as possible with long sleeves and a hat if you are going to be outside for prolonged periods of time. In addition see your friendly dermatologist for complete skin examinations.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What would be the best way to prevent melanoma?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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. See www.Melanomafoundation.Org.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How is it possible to prevent melanoma from recurring?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Appropriate therapy: Early detection and appropriate treatment is important. Surgical excision of the primary lesion is always indicated, and biopsy of local lymph nodes and/or sentinal nodes can be helpful if the melanoma is deep enough. If you have been diagnosed with a melanoma make sure you are treated by a multi specialty team with experience in melanoma.

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