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Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

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Some folks say it's sun lovers season.

The season to be outdoors in the garden, at the park simply talking a stroll and of course at the beach.

This is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

This season's message from dermatologists: Make sure you put on some sunscreen, and not just any sunscreen.

Melanoma is the most common cancer among people between ages 25 and 40.

However,  I talked to a dermatologist who told me she's seen a 13 and a 15 year old with Melanoma, this year.

It's the skin cancer that can potentially kill you, if you're diagnosed with it.

Doctors are seeing more and more cases of Melanoma.

Board Certified Dermatologist, Elizabeth Jacobson says every hour one person in the U.S. is being diagnosed with Melanoma.

Dermatologist recommend a skin check on the entire body once a year and every 6 months if you or a relative have dealt with it before.

Melanoma can look many different ways in shape and color.

Dr. Jacobson says it most commonly looks like a dark black mole that's been changing in shape and color.

It can be a suspicious spot or mole you've had a while or one can just arises.

Everyone even people of color need to protect themselves from the harmful ultra violent sun rays.

Dermatologists say, wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater.

Dr. Jacobson says, most folks are applying it; but, they're using the wrong product. She says, the most common ingredient to look for in your sunscreen is zinc.

Dr. Elizabeth Jacobson of Inverness Dermatology and Laser says, "Zinc is a very important blocker of UVA light. a lot of the chemical sunscreens are not good at blocking that wavelength that will block the burning wave, they'll block the burn but you're still getting the UVA damage you don't realize it because you're not getting burned". 4:34>

 You can't miss the display of sunscreen products in most stores now.

I stopped at a corner drugstore, to check out some products-- looking for zinc.

I found two to show our viewers.

They have zinc oxide in them. Both say UVA/UVB protection.

One clearly states zinc oxide is in it.

But, you really have to look at the label, because this one only indicates it on the back.

I was surprised, there were many sunscreen products that did not mention zinc on the label.

It's not the most expensive or the most popular brand to look for-- it's zinc for protection from the sun.

Wear sunscreen everyday.

Dr. Jacobson says, no tan is a safe tan.

I asked her --even African Americans? She said Bob Marley died of skin cancer.

Melanoma shows up among African Americans on their hands, feet and nails.

I use sun block mainly on my hands before driving.

For people who want that seasonal glow, she recommends spray tanners or self tanning lotion for a little color. She says, they are safe to use.