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How can I help prevent the skin cancer, melanoma?

Did you know that five or more severe sunburns before age 20 increases your lifelong risk of developing melanoma? Melanoma is one of the three most common types of skin cancer -- and the deadliest. To protect your skin, use sunblock year 'round, but especially from May through October. During those warm-weather months you typically wear less protective clothing and the sun is quite strong during daytime hours. Remember to apply lotion to your face and all exposed skin. Don’t forget that your scalp, ears and nose are particularly vulnerable; consider wearing a hat for added protection. Finally, get a yearly head-to-toe skin check with a board-certified dermatologist, especially if you've had blistering or serious sunburns in the past.

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