Young and old need to guard against melanoma

04/20/2011 | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.)

A 22-year-old woman who had used tanning beds while in high school was diagnosed with melanoma, but her dermatologist caught it early enough that he could remove it before it metastasized. About one in 75 people will have a melanoma sometime in their lives, and melanoma can appear in places that receive little exposure to ultraviolet rays, such as the scalp, palms and soles of the feet, said dermatologist Dr. Tom Andrus. "But they're detectable, and they're curable as long as we find them early," Andrus said.

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