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.
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:
- DermNet NZ (a website provided by the New Zealand Dermatological Society)
- Melanoma 101 at MedicineNet.com
- MedScape (this may be a bit geeky for most)
* 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.’
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