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Straightforward Steps to Ward off Skin Cancer

Melanoma is a serious skin cancer that can spread very quickly, but it can also be stopped in its tracks. The key is to find it early, enlist the help of a good medical team, and protect your skin as best you can now and for the rest of your life.

Here are some ways to reduce your chances of developing melanoma, and what you can do to make sure any skin problems don’t grow into life-threatening situations.

Stay out of the Mid-Day Sun

It’s likely impossible to stay away from the sun altogether, and in any case, why would you want to? There’s no reason to shut yourself up in the dark, but you do need to watch when you head outside.

In North America, UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; sunburn is much more likely in this window, and the more sunburns you get, the higher your risk of developing skin cancer.

It’s best to stay out of the sun in the middle of the day (especially in the summer), and since clouds don’t block harmful rays very well, never assume you’re in the clear on cloudy days.

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