Dear 16-year-old Me video on melanoma goes viral

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      If you watch this video, you'll understand why it's generated more than eight million page views on YouTube.

      It provides a straightforward message to teenagers about how to avoid malignant melanoma. Here are some of the facts:

      • One bad sunburn before the age of 18 doubles a person's chance of contracting melanoma.

      • Fair skin and red hair elevates a person's risk of the disease.

      • People with more than 50 moles are at a higher risk.

      • The outlook is very good if melanoma is caught early.

      • The prospects are far worse, with less than a 10 percent survival rate, if it's not addressed.

      The speakers in the video are people whose lives have been touched by the disease, and not actors.