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Growing up I saw first-hand what it was like to have melanoma. How can I avoid getting it like my parent?
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid sun exposure
Melanomas mostly occur in skin exposed to sun and avoiding sun exposure will help.
You may wish to conduct routine surveys of your skin, especially by a medical professional, including taking pictures of any and all pigmented lesions and monitoring the appearance and change in appearance of the lesions.

In brief: Avoid sun exposure
Melanomas mostly occur in skin exposed to sun and avoiding sun exposure will help.
You may wish to conduct routine surveys of your skin, especially by a medical professional, including taking pictures of any and all pigmented lesions and monitoring the appearance and change in appearance of the lesions.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. David Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: See a dermatologist
The best advice to avoid melanoma is see a skin doctor regularly to check all areas of the skin (including pals/soles/nail beds) avoid sunburns, wear sunscreen.

In brief: See a dermatologist
The best advice to avoid melanoma is see a skin doctor regularly to check all areas of the skin (including pals/soles/nail beds) avoid sunburns, wear sunscreen.
Dr. David Masiello
Dr. David Masiello
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Know your skin
The most important thing to do if you have a strong family history of melanoma and/or a personal history of severe sunburns is to conduct self-skin exams.
Know the abcdes of melanoma, have a complete annual skin exam by a dermatologist and practice sunprotection and sun safety. Visit the www.Skincancer.Org website for more information on melanoma and other common skin cancers.

In brief: Know your skin
The most important thing to do if you have a strong family history of melanoma and/or a personal history of severe sunburns is to conduct self-skin exams.
Know the abcdes of melanoma, have a complete annual skin exam by a dermatologist and practice sunprotection and sun safety. Visit the www.Skincancer.Org website for more information on melanoma and other common skin cancers.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Melanoma family?
Some melanomas run in families, other are sporadic.
The other doctors gave you good advice as well. If you're in a long-term relationship, you and your partner can check each other's pigmented spots on a regular basis. Not only can it save your life, it's fun. Familiarize yourself with how early melanoma looks, and if you do this, you'll almost certainly not die of it.

In brief: Melanoma family?
Some melanomas run in families, other are sporadic.
The other doctors gave you good advice as well. If you're in a long-term relationship, you and your partner can check each other's pigmented spots on a regular basis. Not only can it save your life, it's fun. Familiarize yourself with how early melanoma looks, and if you do this, you'll almost certainly not die of it.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Avoid sun, sunscreen
Avoid the sun, and use sunscreen! use a sunscreen of spf 50 or greater. Even if it says it is waterproof/sweatproof, reapply it to all affected areas every 2 hours.
Look for a sunscreen that blocks both uv-a and uv-b rays (like neutrogena helioplex). Also, examine your skin regularly to make sure that you don't have any suspicious skin moles that are changing, including your back.

In brief: Avoid sun, sunscreen
Avoid the sun, and use sunscreen! use a sunscreen of spf 50 or greater. Even if it says it is waterproof/sweatproof, reapply it to all affected areas every 2 hours.
Look for a sunscreen that blocks both uv-a and uv-b rays (like neutrogena helioplex). Also, examine your skin regularly to make sure that you don't have any suspicious skin moles that are changing, including your back.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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