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Do your part to prevent skin cancer

May 29, 2012
Estherville Daily News

With Emmet County Relay for Life occurring this weekend, it's not to late to celebrate May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

According to, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers,

It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 2 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are found in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 75,000 cases of skin cancer in 2012.

Prevention Guidelines

Since its inception in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen. Sunscreen alone is not enough, however. Here is a list of skin cancer prevention tips.

n Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

n Do not burn.

n Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.

n Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

n Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

n Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.

n Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

n Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

n Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

n See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.



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