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Melanoma (cont.)

Melanoma Prevention

There is general agreement that ultraviolet light is the major environmental cause of most cutaneous melanomas. Avoiding ultraviolet light exposure by eliminating sunbathing (for cosmetic purposes, including artificial tanning), wearing appropriate clothing, and using effective sunscreens are prudent methods to prevent melanomas as well as most other sorts of skin cancer and photoaging. Concerns about vitamin D deficiency are overcome by taking supplements containing at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day.

For More Information

American Melanoma Foundation. "ABCD's of Melanoma." http://www.melanomafoundation.org/prevention/abcd.htm.

Melanoma Care Coalition. http://www.melanomacare.org/.

Medically reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology

REFERENCE:

Yao, Katharine, Glen Balch, and David J. Winchester. "Multidisciplinary Treatment of Primary Melanoma." Surg Clin N Am 89 (2009): 267-281.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2015

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