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Just Diagnosed With Melanoma?

If you’re reading this, you or someone you know has undergone a biopsy or other tests in which the diagnosis of melanoma has been confirmed. First, know that you are not alone. Second, arm yourself with information and resources. The Melanoma Research Foundation has a variety of free information and resources available to someone who has been diagnosed with melanoma. They are listed here: Online Patient Bulletin Board (MPIP) – Ask questions, read comments and find answers by becoming a part of our online support system. Toll-free Helpline– Speak with trained oncology social workers about the psychosocial and financial burdens of a melanoma diagnosis. Clinical Trial Finder– Use this tool to help you navigate clinical trials that you might be...

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Why Is Tanning Dangerous?

As many as 90% of melanomas are estimated to be caused by ultraviolet (UV) exposure. This includes UV exposure from the sun and from artificial sources, such as tanning beds. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies tanning beds and tanning lamps into its highest cancer risk category – carcinogenic to humans, the same category as other hazardous substances such as plutonium and certain types of radium. Numerous individual studies, including an analysis of several studies combined (meta-analyses), have consistently shown that indoor tanning increases the risk of developing all forms of skin cancer, including melanoma. Misleading Information The tanning industry has tried to tell consumers that vitamin D is necessary and that it should...

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Practicing Effective Melanoma Prevention

Effective prevention of melanoma is two-fold: First, reduce and limit UV (ultraviolet) exposure both from natural sunlight and artificial (e.g., tanning beds) sources; Second, identify and diagnose melanoma as early as possible. Take Note: although research suggests that the majority of melanomas -nearly 90% - are considered to be preventable, research also indicates that neither mucosal melanoma nor ocular melanoma are linked to UV exposure or considered preventable. Primary Prevention – The First Line of Defense Primary prevention focuses on reducing and limiting exposure to UV radiation. This includes UV from sunlight and artificial sources, such as tanning beds. Following and combining the guidelines below will greatly reduce your risk of developing melanoma. Generously Apply Sunscreen To All Exposed Skin...

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