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Melanoma Death Rate Still Climbing

Posted: June 19, 2006

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"The most important thing you can remember is just because I say something is alright, that doesn't make it so," Gross said.

Gross said people who want to avoid skin cancer need only use common sense.

"When we go out, we wear a brimmed hat and long sleeves," he said. "I don't sunbathe, and I stay as far away from indoor tanning beds as possible."

Sunscreens can be useful, but are not a solution you should count on, Bastian said.

"Usually, people don't put on enough sunscreen," he said. "My recommendation is not to rely on sunscreens, but to avoid the sun during peak hours."