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Slip, Slap, Slop against Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting adult Americans, and sun exposure is the greatest risk factor.  This holiday weekend, and throughout the summer,  give yourself protection with a slip, slap and slop:  Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, and slop on some sun screen with an SPF of 15 or higher.  If you're going to be outdoors for prolonged periods, renew your sunscreen according to the labeling directions.  And if you have fair skin or a family history of skin cancer, be extra vigilant. 

The final "S" in this skin cancer prevention approach is SEEK:  seek medical attention if you notice any change in an existing mole or if you develop a new mole or skin growth.  Changes that are suspicious include changes in color, changes in size, and changes in shape.  Any bleeding from an existing mole should also be investigated. 

In general, skin cancer is easy to treat and has a high cure rate.  One type of skin cancer, however, called malignant melanoma can be very aggressive. 

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Created: 8/6/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.
Reviewed: 6/30/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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