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  1. A suntan is your skin's response to damage from the sun. Continuous sun exposure thickens the skin. This is why sun exposure is ageing.…

  2. Spitz naevus is a rare type of mole. Although it can look like a melanoma, it is not cancer and it cannot spread to anywhere else in the body. It occurs mainly in children and young adults.…

  3. In situ melanoma is the earliest stage of melanoma. The cancer cells are contained in the very top layer of skin. Treatment is surgery and it is very unlikely to come back.…

  4. Modified citrus pectin is an alternative therapy that is claimed to stop cancer from spreading. More research is needed to see whether it is a useful treatment for people with cancer.…

  5. Vitamin D is important for keeping our bones healthy. We get vitamin D from sunlight, and also from what we eat. The amount of sun you need to make vitamin D varies.…

  6. A friend of mine has been diagnosed with melanoma in her vagina. How can this happen if this area never sees the sun?…

  7. If you are worried about a mole, you should see your GP. You can only see an NHS specialist with a referral from your GP. The GP decides how urgently you should be seen, depending on your symptoms.…

  8. People often think that glass windows protect us from sunburn and skin damage. Although most windows do offer some protection, they are definitely not completely sun proof.…

  9. The medical name for birthmarks is congenital naevus. Most types carry no risk of turning into cancer. But a rare type called a congenital giant melanocytic naevus can turn into a melanoma.…

  10. There are some stories in the press about dogs who can smell cancer. Some small studies have looked at this. But so far there is no reliable evidence to say that they can.…

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