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Teens and Melanoma

By: Carl Thornfeldt, MD, FAAD
Posted: April 29, 2011, from the May 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Lauryl, cancer-free for four years, has now learned to embrace her pale skin. Whether it’s sunny or stormy outside, she never leaves the house without wearing SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen, takes a daily vitamin D supplement, wears Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF)-rated clothing and does her best to avoid overexposure to UV light.


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