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How can I avoid melanoma?

People at high risk are those with fair skin, who have many moles, especially atypical nevi, who have had a first degree relative with melanoma, or have a personal history of the disease, and who have chronic sun exposure either through their work or recreational activities.

Everyone should use a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen of at least 15 that is applied once before heading outdoors, and then reapplied after sweating, swimming or getting wet.

You should examine your skin regularly and look for moles that are asymmetric, have irregular borders, have multiple colors within their boundaries, or that are larger in diameter than others on your body. Doctors call this looking for the "ugly duckling."

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