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Protect Your Skin From the Sun

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Your skin is the largest organ in your body, why not protect it? Summer is the time to be outside in the sun but it is also a time to be cautious of your skin. Fun in the sun can also lead to serious skin damage, age spots, wrinkles and potential risk of skin cancer. To protect and preserve your skin there are a variety of different methods. Here are a few:

  • Use sun screen regularly
  • Seek shade during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear a hat
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply makeup or lip balm that contains SPF

There are many people who are affected by the harsh rays of the sun. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The U.S. has 5.4 million cases of nonmelonoma skin cancer every year. Consequently, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation a person dies every hour from melanoma. On average the risk of melanoma doubles for a person who has had more than five sunburns. Wearing sunscreen can reduce the risk of melanoma by 50 percent.