ABCDEs of Melanoma


What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer

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Preventing Skin Cancer

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.

  • Do not burn.

  • Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.

  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours.

  • Cover up with clothing, including a broadbrimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

  • Examine your skin from head to toe once every month.

  • See your doctor every year for a professional skin cancer exam.

  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning salons.

Self-Examination for Melanoma

Practice Frequent Self-Examinations.
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Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.
Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, upper underarms and palms.
Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes, and the soles of your feet.
Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair for a closer look.
Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.