Skin Cancer Protection TipsJune 2015
Sun Damage Can be More Dangerous than Cosmetic
Over time, taking in the sun without any protection can lead to problems - from dry skin and wrinkles to skin cancer.
And while a darker skin color offers some natural protection from the sun, it does not make you immune to skin cancer.
Common Skin Cancers:
- Basal cell carcinoma - easily treated if found early
- Squamous cell carcinoma - easily treated if found early
- Malignant melanoma - most serious skin cancer; can be fatal, but is treatable if found early
Sunscreen is a good way to protect your skin from the sun and help prevent skin cancer.
At the very least, use lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. But SPF 30 offers better protection. And remember to put more on every 1 to 2 hours, whether you are swimming or not.