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    How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?

    If you are at risk for skin cancer, take the following precautions whenever possible:

    • Avoid intense sun exposure by staying out of it from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
    • Outside, wear a hat with a brim, long sleeves, trousers, and sunglasses that block UV radiation.
    • Use UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing. Or use Rit Sun Guard Laundry Treatment UV Protectant.
    • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher whenever you are outside.
    • Report suspicious skin lesions to a doctor at once, especially if you have abnormal-looking moles or a family history of melanoma.
    • Have a yearly mole check.

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    Understanding Skin Cancer -- the Basics

    Skin cancers involve abnormal cell changes in the outer layer of skin. It is by far the most common cancer in the world, accounting for 75% of all cancer diagnoses. Most cases are cured, but the disease is a major health concern because it affects so many people. The incidence of skin cancer is rising, even though most cases could be prevented by limiting the skin's exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Skin cancer is about three times more common in men than in women, and the...

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    Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on March 13, 2015
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