You Need More Than Sunscreen to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Research shows that just SPF isn't cutting it anymore.

A new study conducted at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland found that people who are pale, and therefore more sensitive to the sun, need more protective measures than just sunscreen. In the survey, the research team found that out of about 16,000 people who were deemed sensitive to the sun, the 62 percent that only used sunscreen were the most sunburnt. 

The study suggested wearing a hat and other protective clothing, in addition to sunscreen application. The researchers also advised seeking shade when possible to avoid burning and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Skin cancers are some of the most common forms of cancers that millions of Americans are diagnosed with. Take protective measure to ensure you lower your risk while still enjoying the sun, the season, and the outdoors. 


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Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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