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A cousin who works in a hospital setting offered this video, Dear 16-year-old me. On YouTube it’s been viewed over 4.5 million times. It’s worth 5 minutes of your time.

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Before the holiday season* would have been the better time to show this, but better late than never perhaps.

The keys to prevention of melanoma are avoiding excessive exposure to the sun and early diagnosis.**

Interested readers might read further descriptions of (malignant) melanoma at:

Footnote

* For the southern hemisphere.

** As one example, this local (New Zealand) study concludes: ’The best avenues for reducing the burden of melanoma in New Zealand are prevention of excessive sun exposure and early diagnosis. Reducing severe sunburn and diagnosing a greater proportion of melanomas when they are thin would have the greatest impact on the incidence of and mortality from melanoma.’


Other articles on Code for life:

Homeopathy — practical remedies to address it?

Boney lumps, linkage analysis and whole genome sequencing

Coiling bacterial DNA

Fainting kittens — feline myotonia congenita?

Should children be sent home from school if they are not vaccinated?

Immunisation, then and now

Or pick something from the list of articles in this post or from my first year of blogging