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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Yazan Daaboul, M.D.; Serge Korjian M.D.

Overview

Primary prevention of melanoma includes avoidance of sunlight/ultraviolet radiation exposure.[1]

Primary Prevention

The following preventive measures reduce the risk of melanoma:[1]

  • Avoid sunlight and ultraviolet radiation exposure
  • Use sunblocks (at least 15 SPF) when exposed to sunlight. Reapply sunblock every 2-3 hours and after sweating/swimming
  • Seek shaded areas
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats
  • Avoid sunbeds

Reference

  1. 1.0 1.1 Edman RL, Wolfe JT (2000). "Prevention and early detection of malignant melanoma". Am Fam Physician. 62 (10): 2277–85. PMID 11126854.

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