Skin cancer is the most common of cancer types: each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. Check out these 4 facts on skin cancer and how you can potentially lower your risk of being diagnosed. Save your skin!

 

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US Statistics

• Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon
• Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
• One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

 

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Any one can get skin cancer, but be extra careful if you:

• Fair skinned
• Freckles
• Have skin cancer before
• Live/travel to hot climates and high altitudes
• Have a family history of skin cancer, especially melanoma
• Large or irregular moles
• Spend a lot of time outdoors

 

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Sunscreen 101

Sunscreen and what to look for:


• Broad spectrum against UVA & UVB
• At LEAST SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UVB Rays
• Water resistant

 

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Be Proactive Against Skin Cancer

• Wear sunscreen
• Cover up with clothing and don’t forget about the kids!
• Wear sunglasses
• Wear a hat
• Seek shade between 10am – 4pm
• Avoid tanning beds & lamps
• Beware of clouds: up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog. You can still get a sunburn on a cloudy day.
• Keep reflection in mind: water, sand and snow

Sources: http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts, http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/prevention., http://www.healthunit.org/sunsafety/8ways.htm