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Melanoma Monday: preventing skin cancer

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How do you protect your skin from the sun? If you don't think much about it -- it's time to start. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and it's becoming more and more common for teenagers to be diagnosed with melanoma.

Today is Melanoma Monday.  Doctor George Verghese, a board certified dermatologist with Mid-Atlantic Skin in Waldorf, Maryland about the dangers and prevention.


  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S.
  • A person dies from melanoma every hour
  • If caught early, cure rate is 98%


  • Use sunscreen; re-apply every 2 hours
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Monitor any changes in skin
As part of skin cancer awareness month, many dermatologists are providing free skin cancer screenings, which only take a few minutes to conduct.

Information on free screenings is available online at

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