Simple Tips to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer


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Summer is almost over, but there’s still time for one last trip to the beach, a family picnic, sand volleyball or fishing.

Just keep in mind the risks of sun overexposure, such as skin cancer.

Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is responsible for 79 percent of skin cancer related deaths, and is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 25-30.

All skin types and colors, including Latinos, are at risk.

But, you don’t have to hide from the sun. Doctors say you can protect from skin cancer by following these simple tips:

  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher everyday
  • Cover up with clothing, including UV-blocking sunglasses
  • Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe once every month

If you notice any changes to your skin, remember to visit your doctor.



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