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Skin cancer myths and facts

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So many of us spend time outside, enjoying that wonderful summer sunshine. However, enjoying a little too much sun could increase your risk for skin cancer. Here are some facts and myths surrounding your potential skin cancer risk.

1.) MYTH: I only need sunscreen when I go outside.

FACT: You should wear sunscreen 365 days a year. Even while driving in a vehicle, your arms, legs and face are exposed to harmful UV radiation.

2.) MYTH: Water-resistant sunscreen will protect me even after going swimming.

FACT: Water-resistant sunscreen will wash off in the water and you should reapply sun protection after fully drying off.

3.) MYTH: Cloudy days are safer than sunny days.

FACT: Harmful UV radiation still attacks your skin on cloudy days. The clouds only block the visible sunlight, not the radiation that can cause skin cancer.

4.) MYTH: Skin cancer is not gender-based.

FACT: Men are, in fact, twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with skin cancer. It's believed that men visit the doctor more infrequently and do not apply sunscreen as liberally as women.

5.) MYTH: Any clothing will do if I am out in the sun.

FACT: Clothing companies now make SPF hats and shirts. The weaving in traditional materials still allows radiation to attack your skin. The new SPF materials absorb radiation on the surface of the material before it gets to skin level.

6.) MYTH: Any sunscreen is good sunscreen.

FACT: It is recommended that you use a broad spectrum protection that blocks both UVA and UVB sun rays. Brand and SPF vary by individual, but the spectrum protection should not be ignored.

7.) MYTH: Only light-skinned people are at risk for skin cancer.

FACT: There may be fewer cases in dark-skinned people, but they usually end up having a more advanced form of deadly skin cancer. Skin cancer is of high concern for all ethnic groups.

Make sure to visit your local skin professional to get the very latest safety information available and to have a skin check up.

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