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Most people are now aware that too much sun has been linked to many health problems, including skin cancer. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It also happens to be one of the fastest growing forms of cancer in the U.S. Melanoma can spread to other parts of the body quickly. When detected in its earliest stages it is nearly always curable. Unfortunately, if not caught early, melanoma is often fatal. Warning signs of melanoma are the formation of dark pigmented moles. Also, be aware of any unusual changes in moles such as change in color, bleeding, oozing, scaliness, and change in sensation including itchiness, tenderness, or pain. There are ways to prevent and cure skin disease, but the best way to prevent melanoma or any kind of skin damage is to be sun wise. When exposed to the sun, wear sunglasses, wear a hat, and use sunscreen.

Resource: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Related web site:
The Sun, UV and You

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