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Preventing Skin Cancer

Sun protection means guarding your body from the adverse effects of sunlight, such as sunburn, which can permanently damage the skin and cause skin cancer or precancerous changes, as well as premature wrinkling and signs of aging. Exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun is a known risk factor for the development of both melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers. A survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in 2015 showed that despite public health warnings, only around one-third of Americans use sunscreen on a regular basis. Women were more likely than men to use sunscreen on the face, and sunscreen use was more common in higher socioeconomic groups. Avoid tanning booths, which the World Health Organization has labeled as cancer-causing and health damaging.

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