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FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you could protect yourself from cancer, you'd do it, right? Yet most Americans still aren't taking the easiest step to prevent the most commonly diagnosed type -- skin cancer, which will affect one in five people at some point in their lives.
The risk of melanoma, the most serious -- and potentially deadly -- form of skin cancer doubles if you get five or more sunburns in your life, or if as a youngster you had just one blistering sunburn.
And even without sunburn, prolonged tanning exposes you to the two most common skin cancers, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, which can occur anywhere on your body.
While some guidelines suggest SPF 15 sunscreens, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30. Also look for water resistant and "broad-spectrum" products to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Always re-apply every 2 hours and after sweating, swimming and toweling off.
Other smart sunscreen tips:
- Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure. Don't wait until you're at the beach to put it on.
- Use one full ounce of product for each application.
- Cover exposed skin from head to toe. That includes ears, the back of your neck and exposed areas of your scalp, especially bald spots.
- Make sun protection a family affair: Help each other cover all those hard-to-reach areas.
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