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Sunscreen can prevent skin cancer, but doctors say it must be used properly

Sunscreen can prevent skin cancer, but doctors say it must be used properly

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with almost 68,000 people diagnosed in 2012 with melanoma, the most deadly kind, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But cases can be prevented with proper use of sunscreen, as well as wearing protective clothing and hats and seeking shade, said Dr. Kevin Ferentz, lead physician at GBMC Owings Mills and a melanoma survivor. He answers questions about how to use sun protection.

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