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Top 5 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

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Updated May 02, 2011

Did you know that skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in the world? The good news is that it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer.

Over 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in 2007, and that does not include cases of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Recently, skin cancer has been diagnosed in more young people, proving that people are not taking the proper precautions. Learn how to prevent skin cancer and you'll learn how to save your life.

1. Use sunscreen.

I know you have heard it a million times, but sunscreen really is one of your best bets in preventing skin cancer, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Experts recommend choosing a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 or higher.

2. Avoid direct exposure to midday sun.

Avoid going outdoors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun's rays are brightest, causing the most damage to skin. If you have to go outdoors, be sure to lather on sunscreen.

3. Stay shady.

Staying in the shade not only will keep you cooler, it will reduce your risk of skin cancer. Keep in mind that even though you are in the shade, you will need to wear sunscreen.

4. Monitor childrens' sun exposure.

Did you know that many cases of skin cancer and melanoma link back to bad sunburns and exposure as a child? Children especially need to stay out of the sun, wear sunblock and other protective clothing like hats.

5. Wear protective clothing.

Wearing hats and clothing that covers the skin are excellent ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Eyes are also susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to wear sunglasses that are UV protectant.

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