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What can I do to help prevent melanoma?
20 doctors weighed in

Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid sun
Number one thing is to limit your sun exposure with long sleeves, pants, hats, and sunscreen.
The sunburns tend to be the most causative.

In brief: Avoid sun
Number one thing is to limit your sun exposure with long sleeves, pants, hats, and sunscreen.
The sunburns tend to be the most causative.
Dr. Mark Dickson
Dr. Mark Dickson
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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Stay out of tanning salons too.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Prevent melanoma
Whether you have or don't have the familial gene for melanoma, you should use safe sun precautions.
If people prevent themselves from having bad sunburns as a child they may still get a melanoma from inheritied factors.

In brief: Prevent melanoma
Whether you have or don't have the familial gene for melanoma, you should use safe sun precautions.
If people prevent themselves from having bad sunburns as a child they may still get a melanoma from inheritied factors.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Early detection
Limited sun exposure can help.
But there is huge variation in importance of melanomas caught early. Early melanomas less than .75 mm in depth, without ulceration are essentially 100per cent curb e. Thicker melanomas the prognosis decreases with depth. Monthly self exams, with annual dermatology exams. A new fda screening device, melafind, will help find melanomas earlier.

In brief: Early detection
Limited sun exposure can help.
But there is huge variation in importance of melanomas caught early. Early melanomas less than .75 mm in depth, without ulceration are essentially 100per cent curb e. Thicker melanomas the prognosis decreases with depth. Monthly self exams, with annual dermatology exams. A new fda screening device, melafind, will help find melanomas earlier.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid sun exposure
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. If you have any suspicious lesions, get them checked out asap. Early detection of melanoma is critical to a good result.

In brief: Avoid sun exposure
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. If you have any suspicious lesions, get them checked out asap. Early detection of melanoma is critical to a good result.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Keith Denkler
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Skin Checks
Skin checks once or twice a year are important for prevention and early diagnosis.
Sun can stimulate moles to turn into cancers so sun protection is important.

In brief: Skin Checks
Skin checks once or twice a year are important for prevention and early diagnosis.
Sun can stimulate moles to turn into cancers so sun protection is important.
Dr. Keith Denkler
Dr. Keith Denkler
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Dr. Steven Brown
Significant genetic predisposition to melanoma so family history is important factor to be aware of.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine
In brief: A few things
Sunscreen and limiting your UV exposure can help.

In brief: A few things
Sunscreen and limiting your UV exposure can help.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Dr. Clarence Lyons
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