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Preventing Skin Cancer with Sunscreen

May 16, 2019

May 15, 2019

Melanoma is one of the most dangerous types of cancer, and the number cause of death from skin disease. So, what exactly is Melanoma? Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer and can spread rapidly once it begins. While it is more rare than other kinds of skin cancer, the number of cases is rising.

Melanoma is caused by exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet rays, and while anyone is susceptible to the cancer, there is a greater risk for fair skinned people, especially with blue or green eyes and blond or red hair. Additionally, the chances of developing melanoma increase with age, but can also affect people of any age or ethnicity.

The long-term exposure to the sun without an SPF sunscreen greatly increases your chance of getting some form of skin cancer, as does excessive sunburns during your youth or the use of tanning beds. People who live in a sunny climate or at a high altitude are also at a greater risk.

When it comes to preventing sunburns and skin cancer, daily use of an SPF sunscreen is a great way to start. The best sunscreen would be SPF 50, or even an SPF 30 if applied more frequently.

Water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 to 50 is recommended. However, it must be reapplied every 2 hours for it to be effective when in the sun, and immediately after swimming or sweating. Additional, SPF 15 or SPF 30 sunscreen is the standard in sunscreen products, including moisturizers for your face. Women’s foundations also come in a variety of SPF levels for extra protection.

Also important is how much you use. It takes approximately 1 Oz. to cover your entire body, more or less, depending on your size or for use on children. While it might seem a hassle to use it every day, you will be grateful you did!

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