Do you know what the most common form of cancer is in the United States? Yes, it’s skin cancer. And it’s likely due to the fact that the skin is the largest organ on the body, and it is directly exposed, sometimes on a daily basis, to everything that can damage it, pollutants, UV lights, and more. Learn about your risks for developing skin cancer and the best way to avoid it:
- Your skin type. People who are fair skinned have a greater chance of developing skin cancer because they have likely had more sun burns. People in this group should always wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen and seek shade during the times when the sun is at its peak. Those with darker or olive skin tones have a lower chance of developing skin cancer, but should still take precautionary measures.
- Too much sun. If you love soaking in the sun you raise your chances of developing skin cancer. Over exposure to sunlight means increased number of wrinkles as well as getting them at a younger age. It’s also true for the possibility of developing skin cancer.
- Using a tanning bed. Today’s culture dictates that tanned skin is beautiful skin, which has thousands of people flocking to tanning beds. Very similar to too much skin exposure, lying in tanning beds and booths will increase your chances of skin cancer due to too much exposure to UV rays.
- Family history. One of the biggest skin cancer risk factors is whether or not a close family member has previously developed the disease.
- Age. As people get older, their risk for developing skin cancer increases because of the cumulative exposure to the sun.
To help lower your chances of developing skin cancer, make sure to wear a hat on sunny days, wear suntan lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher, stay out of the noonday sun, wear sunglasses (to protect your eyes), and see your doctor regularly for all-over body skin checks.
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