With beautiful weekend weather expected for the unofficial start of summer, there will be plenty of families spending time outside. Before you break out the grill, hit the beach or board the boats, be sure to grab your sunscreen.
"One out of five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime, which is scary," said dermatologist Dr. Laci Theunissen.
That's something that can easily be prevented if you use sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using at least 30 SPF. Also, when buying look for key words like broad spectrum on the label, and titanium oxide or zinc oxide in the ingredients list.
However, buying the right sunscreen is only half the battle. You still have to actually use it, and keep using it.
"You're supposed to use a shot glass or one ounce of sun screen on your entire body every time you are out in the sun and people are not doing as much as they are supposed to be doing. Also people aren't reapplying every two hours," said Theunissen.
Melanoma is on the rise, and it's the number one cancer doctors see in ages 25-29. Theunissen suspects that is largely due to tanning bed use. She says, while you might like a good tan, it is not worth the dangers to your skin and your life.
She recommends getting checked once a year by a dermatologist, especially if you have a family history of melanoma, if you are fair skinned, if you have more than 50 moles and have significant sun exposure.
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