The Doctors: Skin Cancer Awareness & Sunscreen Guide

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The Doctors: Skin Cancer Awareness

May is skin cancer awareness month, so The Doctors invited dermatologist, Jane Khoury on to discuss it. One in five Americans develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer is the more preventable form of cancer because you can spot it yourself. It is the easiest to catch because you can just see it.

The Doctors: Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin cancer awareness isn’t just about knowing more about the disease, it’s also about knowing more about skin cancer prevention methods. The Doctors invited a woman names Kelly who has overcome skin cancer and is worried about her daughter to meet with Jane Khoury who instructed Kelly’s daughter with four skin cancer prevention tips.

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The Doctors Skin Cancer Awareness

Sunscreen is the number one tool in skin cancer prevention

Apply Sunscreen Everyday

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to limit the amount of sun you get. The best way to do that is to apply sunscreen everyday, even if you aren’t going out much or it’s cloudy out. And then re-apply every two hours, especially if you’re running around getting sweaty or swimming.

Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds have been proven to increase your chances of getting skin cancer. Currently 75% of tanning bed users are girls 16-29.

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All Skin Tones Are Susceptible To Skin Cancer

Many people with olive or darker skin, or who tan instead of burn think that they’re safe from skin cancer. But they aren’t. Everyone can get skin cancer.

Watch For Moles That Are Irregular

As with all cancers, the key to defeating skin cancer is catching it. And the earlier you catch it the better. So stay vigilant and look out for anything that looks strange.

The Doctors: How To Pick Sunscreen

Jane Khoury especially expressed the importance of sunscreen. So did The Doctors. But how do you know which sunscreen to pick? Most people just look at SPF number. The higher the number the better. But that’s not the most important aspect to worry about if you want to avoid skin cancer.

Broad Spectrum Protection

When checking the label of sunscreen, look for the words “broad spectrum protection.” What this means is that it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the deep, penetrating rays that give you leathery skin, brown spots and wrinkles.

Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or Avobenzon

Look on the back of the label and try to find one of these three ingredients.

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