Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

As skin cancer awareness month – May – starts, here are some tips to avoid getting this disease. “Nobody is immune to developing skin cancer,” said Katy Burris, MD, a dermatologist at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, explaining that whether people are pale or darker skinned does not change whether they can get skin cancer. Dr. Burris said that people with lighter skin are more apt to get skin cancer though. People with darker skin are more likely to get melanomas, a form of skin cancer, in certain areas, such as under fingernails or toenails; on their hands and feet; and in the mouth.

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