Sunshine, fresh air, and the great outdoors make us fall in love with summer year after year. But no one ever falls in love with their sunburn, especially those who know that the damaging effects from the sun can lead to premature skin aging, age spots, and even skin cancer, including melanoma.1
In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed in 2 million people annually.2 Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined.2
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To reduce your chance of developing skin cancer and other complications associated with excessive sun exposure, take a few precautionary measures before you hit the beach or the backyard barbeque this season.
Be smart about how you protect your skin this summer and for summers to come. Your skin care provider will be able to provide you with some additional advice. Their advice, combined with these simple skin protection tips, can significantly reduce your risk of developing complications and skin diseases that result from overexposure to the sun.
1. Sunburn. Mayo Clinic Web site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sunburn/DS00964. Accessed May 10, 2013.
2. Skin cancer facts. Skin Cancer Foundation Web site.
http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts. Accessed May 10, 2013.
3. Best sunscreen: understand sunscreen options. Mayo Clinic Web site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/best-sunscreen/MY01350. Accessed May 10, 2013.
4. Sunscreens explained. Skin Cancer Foundation Web site.
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens.... Accessed May 10, 2013.
5. Sunscreen and your makeup routine. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/sunscreen-and-your-makeup-routine. Accessed May 10, 2013