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May is Melanoma Awareness Month! Protect yourself and your loved ones!

Protect yourself and your loved onesTips to Reduce Your Risk for Melanoma:
• Wear Sunscreen. Make sunscreen a daily habit. UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) with SPF of at least 30.

• Wear Protective Clothing. Protect your body with sun-protective clothing, hat,
and sunglasses.

• Avoid Peak Rays. Seek shade during the mid-day sun, when the sun’s rays are most intense.

• Don’t Use Tanning Beds. Indoor tanning has been shown to increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75%. Melanoma is the number one new cancer diagnosed in young adults (ages 25-29), and scientists attribute this trend to the use of tanning beds among this age group, particularly young women.

• Protect Children. Just one bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles your child’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.

 
Melanoma Risk Factors:
People with the following traits are at higher risk for developing melanoma and other skin cancers:
• Fair skin

• Red or blonde hair

• Light eyes

• More than 50 moles

• History of sunburn or UV exposure

• Family history of skin cancer

• Personal history of skin cancer

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