At the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), investigators reported a study of melanoma survivors. They found that many do not seek shade, 27% never wear sunscreen, and even 2.1% use tanning beds. Since patients who have previously had melanoma are at greater risk than normal individuals to have a second melanoma, these statistics are alarming. Therefore, more could be done to educate melanoma survivors on how to prevent recurrence.
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