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Preventing Melanoma

Did You Know?

  • 73,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
  • Melanoma incidence levels are increasing faster than any other cancer.
  • 9,940 estimated melanoma deaths in the U.S. in 2015.

Live4Life’s Key Steps to Preventing Melanoma:

1. Get regular body checks by a dermatologist Ask your doctor to take photographs of your entire body. Every time you go back whether it is in 6 months or a year, they will then have a reference point for comparison.

2. Limit sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you must be tan, try spray tanning or a tanning cream.

3. Always use sunscreen with a high SPF. Try to avoid direct contact with the sun, wear sun-protective clothing, and a hat if possible.

4. Know your family history. Knowledge is power: Doctors are researching gene therapies every minute. With the proper awareness, this disease could be one that is manageable. Be your own best advocate. You know your body, check yourself:

–       Look for strange moles or new marks that are different.

–       Feel for lumps in every part of your body where you have lymph nodes.

Ask your doctor if you should get regular PET or CT scans in addition to the body checks. It can never hurt to be too careful. There is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to your health.

Learn more about The Live4Life Foundation by visiting live4life.org.

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