Melanoma Video

People who are sun worshipers and especially those with fair skin and blonde or red hair are at hig...
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People who are sun worshipers and especially those with fair skin and blonde or red hair are at higher risk for developing the most serious type of skin cancer, known as melanoma. Melanomas develop because of damage to the DNA of cells called melanocytes. The damage results in cells that no longer grow or die in a structured way. Melanocytes produce the skin pigment melanin that gives our skin color. A melanoma forms in these cells below the surface of the skin. The rapidly growing cells work upwards to the skin surface and appear on the surface as a dark mole, usually with a botchy irregular border. You can reduce your risk of melanoma by avoiding excessive exposure to ultraviolet or UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen and wearing protective clothing when in the sun. It's also a good idea to have a regular skin exam and report any changes to your doctor.

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