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The BRAF Gene Mutation and You

Here's what you should know about this risk factor for melanoma and whether it can affect future generations.

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Smoking Reduces Your Ability to Fight Deadly Skin Cancer

A new study suggests people with melanoma are 40 percent less likely to survive the disease if they’ve been a smoker within the past 10 years or so.

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Follow-Up Care After Melanoma Treatment

Here's what you should know about getting the follow-up care after surgery for melanoma, and why it's important for preventing or spotting recurrances.

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9 Things Melanoma Survivors Should Know

Your melanoma treatment is over. Now what? Here’s what you should know about follow-up care and life as a melanoma survivor.

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What is Melanoma?

Learn more about the basics of melanoma and if you might be at risk.

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The Most Dangerous Skin Cancer

Though melanoma is the rarest form of skin cancer, it is also potentially the most deadly.

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The Right Way to Apply Sunscreen

Many people fail to apply enough sunscreen, forget to reapply it after spending a long time in the sun, or use an expired product. Here’s how to get the most protection.

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How Much Do You Know About Metastatic Melanoma?

Metastatic melanoma can be a frightening diagnosis, but do you really know what it means? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.