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Melanoma Prevention

What can I do to Reduce the Risk of Melanoma?

A woman wearing a wide-brimmed hat to reduce the risk of melanoma
Wearing protective clothing while in
the sun may reduce your risk of
melanoma. New data have
demonstrated that regular sunscreen
use may also prevent melanoma

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends the following steps to help reduce your risk of skin cancer:

Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet (which may include vitamin supplements.) Don't seek out the sun to increase your vitamin D levels.

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