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What can I do to help prevent melanoma?

What can I do to help prevent melanoma?

Skin exam, avoid sun: Avoid the sun and protect yourself by wearing hat, sunglasses, sunscreen with spf 30 or higher, uv protective clothing. If you have a family history of melanoma, be seen more often by a dermatologist. Have regular skin checks and examine yourself monthly looking for new suspicious lesions or changes in pre-existing lesions. Early detection is key. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


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How can you prevent melanoma?

How can you prevent melanoma?

Sun protection!: Taking care of your skin is key to long term health and prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers. Regular and repeated use of sunblock as well as wide brim hats and sun rated long sleeve shirts and pants all will protect your skin and keep you looking younger as well. If you have a strong family history of melanoma or skin cancer, have a dermatologist give you a thorough exam. ...Read more

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What are the best possible ways to prevent melanoma?

What are the best possible ways to prevent melanoma?

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. ...Read more

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What would be the best way to prevent melanoma?

What would be the best way to prevent melanoma?

Avoid sun: Avoid excess sun exposure, especially if you are fair skinned or burn easily. If you are in the sun, wear sun screen with high protection levels. Don't use tanning beds. ...Read more

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How is it possible to prevent melanoma from recurring?

How is it possible to prevent melanoma from recurring?

Surgical Technique: The best means of preventing a melanoma from recurring locally is to have your surgeon perform an appropriate wide local resection. By taking a margin of normal skin around the melanoma you reduce of the chances of it coming back. ...Read more

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Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

NO: It only accomplishes removal of the moles. One prevents melanoma by careful avoidance of sun damage as a youth (think of the teen years), not using tobacco products and having a negative family history. If you have many moles, it is wise to seek an annual dermatology consultation with biopsy of suspicious lesions. ...Read more

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How can you use education and screening to prevent melanoma morbidity?

How can you use education and screening to prevent melanoma morbidity?

Early Diagnosis: I'm not sure I am interpreting your question correctly but patient education and screening of appropriate individuals will help get an earlier diagnosis which will increase survival and decrease te morbidity of melanoma treatment. The abcd rule is used to identify at risk skin lesions. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent malignant melanoma?

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. ...Read more

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I'm outside everyday in sun, am worried about the high risk of melanoma. Can i get the TB jab to help prevent?

I'm outside everyday in sun, am worried about the high risk of melanoma. Can i get the TB jab to help prevent?

Increased risk: You should wear sunblock every day. And try to cover up and limit your exposure as much as possible to reduce your risk. In addition you should see a dermatologist at least once a year for a complete skin examination. I would not recommended the TB jab. ...Read more

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Heard most melanomas start from a pre existing mole. So is it a good idea to have all moles surgically removed to prevent this? Or impractical?

Heard most melanomas start from a pre existing mole. So is it a good idea to have all moles surgically removed to prevent this? Or impractical?

MOLES: YES YOU HEARD CORRECTLY MOLES CAN PROGRESS INTO MELANOMAS, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY YOU HAVE WILL DICTATE PRACTICAL OR IMPRACTICAL. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more