Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Wear Sunscreen!

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer today. 90 percent of skin cancer cases are caused by the sun (UVA and UVB rays). One in every five will get Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer; which is the most common type of skin cancer caused by the sun. The two most common types of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. “Men are two times more likely than women to develop basal cell carcinoma and three times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma.” With no surprise, studies show that people with fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes are at higher risk “Caucasians are 20 times more likely to develop skin cancer than African Americans.”

The American Cancer Society says that wearing sunscreen can reduce the risk of skin cancer by 78%. Wearing the highest SPF will protect the skin better than a lower SPF. Theoretically if you buy a SPF 15 it will enable the person wearing it to stay outside 15 times longer than if they were not wearing it without getting burned.

Please don’t forget your sunscreen this summer!!


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