According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin.
People with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop skin cancer. Risk factors vary for different types of skin cancer, but some general risk factors are having.
- A lighter natural skin color.
- Family history of skin cancer.
- A personal history of skin cancer.
- Exposure to the sun through work and play.
- A history of sunburns, especially early in life.
- A history of indoor tanning.
- Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun.
- Blue or green eyes.
- Blond or red hair.
- Certain types and a large number of moles.
The Good News:
The most preventable cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, either from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds.
Help protect your skin and lower your chances or skin cancer by
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.
- Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours (10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
- Wear Clothing that covers your arms and legs.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim.
- Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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