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7 Skin Cancer Prevention Tips to Protect Yourself from the Sun’s Harmful UV Rays

May 19, 2019

skin cancer prevention tips

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in this United States, but it is also one of the most preventable. With the heat and activity of the summer months still upon us, it is important to be proactive in protecting your skin from the sun and other sources of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. 

UV rays are invisible to the naked eye and are more intense in the summer, at higher altitudes, and in areas closer to the equator. Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun causes sunburn (erythema), skin cancer, premature aging (skin wrinkling), cataracts (gradual clouding of the lens of the eye), immune system suppression, DNA damage and dilated blood vessels.

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Your Risk for Skin Cancer Remains, Even When It’s Not Summer

April 5, 2019

Your Risk for Skin Cancer Remains, Even When It’s Not Summer

Arizona means living with sunshine year round, even when it’s not super hot outside. That can be dangerous for your skin. Some people believe that the cooler weather in the winter or spring decreases their risk of developing skin cancer. The truth is, regardless of the temperature outside, the sun can still cause skin damage. All sun exposure poses a risk to your skin–even in those months that aren’t super hot. 

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What Does SPF Mean?

August 9, 2018

what is spf?

Even though summer is halfway over, August is Summer Sun Safety Month. Which means there is still time to be conscious about practicing sun safety. One major way you can do this is by slathering on some sunscreen.

Choosing a sunscreen can be a daunting task. With so many combinations of numbers and specializations (SPF what?), it’s no wonder a lot of people skip wearing sunscreen altogether. To clear up some of the confusion, let’s talk more about what SPF is as well as its importance when using the right sunscreen for your skin.

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Don’t Fry Day: Protecting Your Skin from Skin Cancer

May 21, 2018

Don't Fry Day Skin Cancer Prevention

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day”–a day to encourage awareness of sun safety in hopes of reducing the rates of skin cancer caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. With a little planning, you can enjoy the summer sun and protect your skin–not just on this day, but every day.

The Importance of Sun Safety

Sunshine is enjoyable–but too much exposure to the sun can be dangerous. Overexposure to UV rays can result in more than a painful sunburn. It can also lead to more serious health problems, including melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer.

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Saying ‘I Do’ Could Reduce Your Risk of Dying from Melanoma

May 10, 2018

Skin Cancer Risks

It turns out there’s another bonus to marriage: early skin cancer detection and management. According to a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology, melanomas are more likely to be detected early in married people than people who are single, divorced or widowed.

How can being married help reduce my risks?

Data suggests that spouses or partners may help identify melanoma that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

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