Important facts


1. Get regular body checks by a dermatologist Ask your doctor to take photographs of your entire body. Every time you go back whether it is in 6 months or a year, they will then have a reference point for comparison.

2. Limit sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m. If you must be tan, try spray tanning or a tanning cream. There are so many on the market that there is one that is bound to work for your skin tone.

Nearly 90% of melanomas are thought to be caused by exposure to UV light and sunlight. It only takes one sunburn , to more than double a persons chance of developing melanoma.

3. Always use sunscreen with a high SPF. Talk to your doctor and wear a sun-protective clothing. Try to avoid direct contact with the sun and wear a hat if possible.

4. Know your family history Knowledge is power: Doctors are researching gene therapies every minute. With the proper awareness, this disease could be one that is manageable. Be your own best advocate. You know your body, check yourself:

A. Look for strange moles or new marks that are different.

B. Also feel for lumps in any and every part of your body where you have lymph nodes.

Ask your doctor if you should get regular PET or CT scans in addition to the body checks. It can never hurt to be too careful. There is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to your health.

One Response to “Important facts”
  1. Sergey says:

    I a a stage IV survivor, who has a fmliay history of father having the disease, 2nd cousin on father’s side dying of it in his early 30 s. On my mother’s side her 1st cousin having it. Also have a 1st cousin on my mother’s side with it. I took Interluken and Interferon for 14 months. have scans every 3-6 months and get checked by Oncology and Dermatolgy every 3-6 months. I never went to a tanning bed. I had a demanding job and probably didn’t spent more than 3 days a summer at the beach. I inherited it on both sides of my fmliay and it was the worst experience of my life. But, I am still alive after taking my last shot on 04/21/2008. Am very grateful to my Drs. for extending my life.

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