-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- Memorial Day weekend is the
unofficial start of summer, and experts note that you need to
protect your skin while spending time in the sun.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United
States, but it's also one of the most preventable, according to
doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during his or her
life, according to a medical center news release. The most common
kind of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which has a 99 percent
cure rate when caught early. The most serious type of skin cancer
is melanoma, which is the fastest rising type of cancer among men
and the second fastest among women.
Experts offer these steps you can take to reduce your risk of
You should also follow the ABCDEs and tell your doctor or
dermatologist if your moles have:
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about
skin cancer prevention.
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