Melanoma is a skin cancer that begins from melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells that produce pigment. The number of new cases diagnosed in the United States has increased dramatically in the last 25 years. It is believed that the increase in melanoma is related to the increase in the amount of time people spend in the sun. Ultraviolet radiation damages the skin and leads to melanoma. Persons at risk for melanoma are those who have fair skin, blue eyes, blond hair, and freckles and burn easily. The risk increases if a close family member has the disease or if one has many abnormal moles (atypical nevi).
Watch this video, and learn about who's at risk for melanoma, what to look for to help detect this cancer, and what you can do to prevent it. To see the video, wait for the black box to appear, then press the play button.
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