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5 Ways to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

I don't know about you, but since skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the U.S., I want to do all I can to protect myself. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and more than 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. Here are some ways to help protect yourself.

  1. Avoid sun exposure from at least 11 am to 2 pm, when the sun's UV rays are the strongest. If you can, I would avoid the rays from 10 am to 3 pm.
  2. Wear sunscreen when you go outside - even if it's cloudy or cold out. Getting a sunburn is not only painful, but a person's risk for skin cancer doubles if he or she has had 5 or more sunburns.
  3. Create you own shade with an umbrella, sun hat, and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt and pants.
  4. Do I even need to tell you to avoid tanning salons? Use a self-tanner instead.
  5. Check your moles regularly. If one seems like it's changing shape or color - get it checked out by a dermatologist ASAP.

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mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
People of all races should be sun smart. African Americans get skin cancer less frequently but die from it more often than other races. That's b/c it's usually not diagnosed until it's too late. I wear suncreen, even though I hate it!
zc zc 9 years
im extremely pale and burn easily..im over roasting in the sun hoping for a tan.
girlboy girlboy 9 years
thanks for the advice! i don't want potato skin
helenette helenette 9 years
interesting
helenette helenette 9 years
interesting
Feesje Feesje 9 years
Cravinsugar: just think, in a couple of years, all your friends will have wrinkled faces from sun damage and your skin will look fresh, healthy and young. :)
ashleylynne ashleylynne 9 years
#3 should say to wear a long sleeved rash guard (shirt you wear in the water) with built in sunscreen. I'm super pale and burn after 1 minute. I can spend all day in the water and don't burn when I have it on. Just make sure you have waterproof sunscreen on your hands and don't wash with soap! I learned the hard way.
Janeiro Janeiro 9 years
Yes, my loved ones constantly tease me about my "vampire-type" glow, which isn't *remotely* as pale as Nicole Kidman but to a Latin family that lives in the sun it's absolutely ghastly. Oh, and make sure to understand a lot of sunscreen doesn't even work. The recent news reports show that a lot of companies have been lying about SPF protection. Best bet: stay out of the sun during peak hours.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 9 years
Rule #6, try to lie in the sun on the equator from 11am to 2pm on a hot summer day without sunscreen...perfect way to keep from getting skin cancer! :rotfl:
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
6. Be ready to take shi* from your friends/famiy when you come back from a cruise still paleish cause you wore 45 SPF and re-applied often enough to not get burnt to save your skin health...:-(
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 9 years
I always avoid the sun. I only work out early in the morning or late at night. I had really bad sunburn when I was 11 or 12. Like sheets came off my shoulders and back. I have to wear sunscreen in my foundation cause my face just turns red, everywhere turns red. I'm Scottish-German-English-Polish. I'm so pale.
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 9 years
I always avoid the sun. I only work out early in the morning or late at night. I had really bad sunburn when I was 11 or 12. Like sheets came off my shoulders and back. I have to wear sunscreen in my foundation cause my face just turns red, everywhere turns red. I'm Scottish-German-English-Polish. I'm so pale.
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