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Skin cancer still a deadly threat

Melanoma, a particularly aggressive form of skin cancer, is becoming far more common—your lifetime risk is now one in 62. Despite advances in cancer treatments over the last decade, the survival rates from melanoma haven’t improved in 30 years, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The good news is that melanoma is treatable when caught early. It’s also preventable. You can guard against melanoma by using a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher every day, even when it’s cloudy. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long skirts pants or dresses and a hat and have your doctor check out any new or odd-looking moles.