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The Facts About Melanoma

Melanoma Facts

  • For the under 30 age group, melanoma is developing faster than any other age group, increasing 50% in women since 1980.
  • Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer--each hour someone dies from the disease. 
  • The American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute report that 1 in 58 people will develop melanoma. 
  • Fair skinned people have less protection from UV rays than darker skinned people.
  • People with darker skin (more melanin) may suffer from melanoma around the underside of hands and feet (your palms and soles) as well as under the nail beds.
  • Bob Marley died in 1981 from metastatic melanoma. He was only 36.
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Melanoma Safety Guide

  1. What is Melanoma? How can it be prevented?
  2. Causes of Melanoma--Risk Factors
  3. Facts about Melanoma  (You are here.)
  4. Melanoma Detection
  5. Self-Check for Melanoma
  6. Find a Doctor for Melanoma
  7. Melanoma Diagnosis
  8. Treatment of Melanoma
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