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Reduce skin cancer risk


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Reduce skin cancer risk

Skin cancer usually develops in the outermost layer of skin (epidermis), consequently most tumors are easily detectable, even at the early stages. UV radiation through sun exposure is a leading cause of skin cancer and early prevention through regular sunscreen use, wearing protective clothing and hats, and avoiding the hours of peak UV intensity (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) are recommended by dermatologists. Melanoma (the least common, but most serious form of skin cancer) often appears as a dark, flat or raised area on the skin and features shades of brown, black and even white. Cancerous moles tend to have an irregular shape (although they will have well-defined borders) and are often found on the back in men and on the legs in women. Contact your doctor if you see any unusual skin changes or suspicious moles, as melanoma can spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood. An ounce of prevention goes a long way, so remember to apply sunscreen daily, and for added convenience, look for a moisturizer with built-in UV protection.

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