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What methods are available to help prevent melanoma?

  1. Reducing sun exposure: Avoidance of sun exposure is the best means of helping to prevent melanoma, followed by wearing hats and tightly woven clothing, and then followed by broad-spectrum waterproof sunscreens applied liberally and often. The consensus among dermatologists is that sunscreens are at least partially helpful and are certainly preferable to unprotected sun exposure. (Despite sensational articles in the popular press, there is no credible evidence that sunscreens can cause melanoma. Data to indicate increased melanoma risk did not take into consideration that the sunscreens used by the subjects [at least as well as they could remember after decades] were far inferior to current products, which usually have much higher ultraviolet B SPF protection as well as ultraviolet A protection.)
  2. Early detection: Get one's skin checked at least once. Then, if it is recommended, have one's skin checked on a regular basis. The American Academy of Dermatology sponsors free skin cancer screening clinics every May all over the country. Special "Pigmented Lesion Clinics" have also been established in many medical centers to permit close clinical and photographic follow-up of patients at high risk.
  3. Screening of high-risk individuals: Anyone at high risk, such as anyone with a close relative who has melanoma, should be screened by a doctor for melanoma.
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Comment from: Robin, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I had a melanoma diagnosed on my arm in 2012. Mine was a freckle on my right arm. It was ugly and I did not like it. I went to the dermatologist to simply have this ugly freckle removed. Most of the photos provided on any website show severe cases that did not look like mine. The freckle on my arm was a bit darker than my other freckles, but not black. It was bigger than my other freckles, and irregular-like a tiny torn off piece of paper that measured larger than a pencil eraser (asymmetry, border irregularity, and color and size). My melanoma was in situ-and was surgically removed. I was very confused by this and didn't know what was in store for me. It wasn't until I got out of surgery that the seriousness of that freckle hit me and my family. The scar was 6 inches. I've been told that I need checkups for the rest of my life. What I didn't know was that I may have more melanoma. Recently I had a mole removed that had pre-melanoma symptoms. Now I see that this is going to be a lifetime maintenance. Today I have a personal relationship with every freckle on my body and see my dermatologist every 6 months. My advice, don't leave it up to your dermatologist, work together on your screening.

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