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Skin Cancer Protection Tips

Sun damage can be more than cosmetic

Over time, taking in the sun without any protection can lead to problems — from dry skin and wrinkles to skin cancer.

Common skin cancers — what to look for

  • Basal cell carcinoma — pearly, slow-growing, raised areas that may crust and bleed
  • Squamous cell carcinoma — show as red or pink, scaly bumps
  • Malignant melanoma — begin as a dark brown or black spot that may later change in shape or color; can be fatal

All of these skin cancers are treatable if found early.

Sunscreen recommendations

Sunscreen is a good way to protect your skin from the sun and help prevent skin cancer.

At the very least, use lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. But SPF 30 offers better protection. And remember to put more on every 1 to 2 hours, whether you are swimming or not.