NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Melanoma - page 15

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Melanoma
Version 1.2013
Part 1: About melanoma
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Review of Part 1
The skin has two layers. Cells that give skin its color are in the top layer.
Melanoma is a cancer of the cells that give skin its color.
Melanoma can spread throughout the body if it grows into the bottom layer of skin.
Your risk for melanoma is higher if your skin is fair, freckled, or has many moles.
Lower your cancer risk by using sun protection and by not using tanning beds or lamps.
Learn what skin cancer looks like so you can check your skin often.
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