Sunscreen, no tanning bed use can help prevent melanoma

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Melanoma is considered the most invasive form of skin cancer and has the highest risk for death. So, what can someone do to help protect themselves?

When in the sun, regularly apply sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. Also, routine skin checks at home can be helpful.

It is recommended you look at your body in a full-length mirror, examining every part, including your scalp and back.

Also, avoid tanning beds at all costs.

"Tanning bed use will increase your chance of getting a melanoma. So if you are young, and you spend a lot of time in the tanning bed, I think you need to think again what’s the best way to take care of your skin long-term and to prevent that from happening," said Philip Bernard, MD, with Family Medicine.

If you notice any kind of unusual moles or spots on your skin, consult with a dermatologist.