More skin cancers are diagnosed in the U.S. each year than all other cancers combined. In fact, the number of cases has been going up over the past few decades, according to the American Cancer Society.
This may be due to common misconceptions that sunscreen lotions provide adequate protection and that tanning booths are harmless.
Each year over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. One in five Americans will develop the disease in the course of a lifetime and one person dies of melanoma every 54 minutes, according to the Skin Care Foundation. An estimated 9,730 people will die of this type of cancer in 2017.
Skin cancers develop in the cells of the skin when unrepaired DNA damage generates a genetic mutation that leads to the cells rapidly multiplying, forming malignant tumor.
The best way to protect yourself, within reason, is to make sure you stay in the shade, cover up with clothing, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside, reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating, and examine your skin on regular basis.
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