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12 Ways to Protect Your Skin and Prevent Skin Cancer

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11. Your husband may not be much help around the house, but when it comes to skin cancer, he could be a lifesaver: Working with a partner significantly ups the regularity of skin exams, reports June K. Robinson, M.D., professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. And that could make all the difference: Previous studies have found that melanoma deaths could be lowered by as much as 63 percent if people performed monthly self-exams.

12. Painted toes look pretty, but what lies beneath may be deadly: Melanoma of the foot can hide under and around the nails and between the toes. And because this cancer has usually spread by the time it's diagnosed, it has a fatality rate of 50 percent. If you polish your toes, remove the color at least once a month and inspect your whole foot, including the sole. Also, don't forget sunscreen — on the tops and soles of the feet, says foot and ankle surgeon Neil Campbell, D.P.M.

Originally published on June 10, 2008

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