To reduce your chance of getting melanoma:
- Avoid spending too much time in the sun.
- Protect your skin from the sun. For example, wear a shirt, wide brim hat, and sunglasses.
- Use sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Avoid exposing your skin to the sun between:
- 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (standard time)
- 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (daylight savings time)
- Avoid sun lamps and tanning booths.
Take the following steps to find melanoma in its early stages:
- See your doctor if you think you have melanoma.
- If you have many moles or a family history of melanoma, have your skin checked regularly for changes in moles.
- Ask your doctor to show you how to do a skin self-exam .
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