No cancer, including melanoma, can ever be prevented with 100% certainty. Some risk factors for melanoma, such as skin type and family history, cannot be changed. Sometimes melanoma may develop despite your best efforts to prevent it.

Learn about early detection

The good news is that the risk factors for melanoma are well known. Since the primary risk factor for melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, learning how you can protect yourself from UV radiation can help you reduce your risk of melanoma.

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Early Detection of Melanoma

Learn how to detect melanoma at an early stage to increase your chance of long-term survival.

Methods of Early Detection

Become familiar with the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin.

When to Contact Your Doctor

If you are concerned that a skin lesion may be melanoma, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor.

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