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terrified of melanoma

I have OCD over a lot of diseases and other things but recently I have been obsessing over skin cancer. I am 20 years old pretty fair but not pale and has light brown hair with hazel eyes. I have had my share of sunburns, not too many as a kid, but usually tan. Melanoma doesn't run in my family and my doctor checked some of my moles (I have a very few) and said there is nothing to worry about but I am terrified because I did have a severe blistering sunburn a couple times through out my teen years and maybe 2 as a child. I know I am at a high risk and I read about people dying from melanoma and I really need some peace of mind. Right now I am convinced I am going to die from this.
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Hi.  I think you're letting your life fritter away by worrying too much about a disease which you do not have.  You're young and have a whole life ahead of you.  Be active.  Go out with friends. Get involved in hobbies, sports and some other activities which will help take your mind off your worry.  Protecting yourself from the risk of skin cancer/ melanoma can be done simply by avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, as well as applying sunblock when exposure cannot be avoided.  So there really isn't any reason why you should be afraid of melanoma.

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