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Summer Is Here, Protect Your Skin

Last updated on Monday, May 25, 2009

(UNDATED) - With the days growing longer and the temperatures rising, Hoosiers will spend more time outdoors this spring and summer.

Most of the more than one million cases of skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the United States are considered to be sun-related.

That's according to the American Cancer Society.

Lawrence Mark, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a researcher with the IU Simon Cancer Center, advises people to know their bodies and talk with their physicians about any changes they notice.

Mark tells patients to watch for what he calls the "ugly duckling" sign. "If you have a spot that just doesn't look like any other or act like any other, it is best to have a doctor examine it, just to be on the safe side.

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