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Melanoma Monday draws attention to skin cancer

4:46 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Orange is the color for Melanoma Monday.

The color draws attention to the sun and its power to damage skin.

Steve Dorell knows something about the sun's power being active playing softball.  The sun, he says, has left a mark.

"I've had some stuff burned off. I've had some cut off," said Dorell.

He now wears long sleeves when playing softball to protect himself.

Dorell is a firm believer in being checked out for skin cancer.

Dr. Charles Perniciaro is a dermatologist who works to get the word out that the sun is not always our friend.

"The greatest thing about skin cancer is that it is largely preventable because the most important risk factor that is preventable is sun exposure," said Perniciaro from his Southside lab when his staff donned orange to bring attention to the need to be wise in the sun.

Perniciaro said it's always best to avoid prime time exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sun screen is also important with a sun protection factor higher than 30 being the best.

Beyond that, he said there is a rule of thumb to follow -- watch your shadow.

"I always advise folks to look at your shadow on the ground when your shadow is shorter than your height. That's a bad time to be outside," said the dermatologist.

Skin cancer affects nearly one in five people.       

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