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Preventing Skin Cancer

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According to the National Institute of Health, one out of every 40 Americans has a potentially fatal form of skin cancer. Dermatologists say it can potentially be avoided by knowing the best sunscreen for your skin. Eve Mills traveled from England to Wilmington for a vacation and some fun in the sun. Before hitting the beach she needs to buy sunscreen. Mills says "I would usually use something about 30 for myself, I know they go up higher, especially for fair-skinned children." According to dermatologists she is making a good choice. Dermatologist Laura Tanner says "15 is the most that you can have that blocks out the UVA rays-which is the cancer-causing rays" Dr. Tanner says sunscreen with an SPF higher than 15 does not really make a difference in the number of UVB rays blocked, only UVA. Dr. Tanner says, "the book is not written yet on whether UVA causes skin cancer but we know that it causes damage in the skin. We want to try to block the UVA as well." For the best sun protection Dr. Tanner recommends wearing sunscreen everyday and choosing one that suits your skin type. She says, "If you have oily skin use a gel or a spray. If you have sensitive skin, use a cream. These are helpful, so that the sunscreen is wearable for you." No matter which type of sunscreen, or what the SPF, remember to reapply it every hour, especially if you get wet. This is advice Eve Mills follows. Avoiding skin cancer is the main goal. Remember to keep an eye on your skin. If you notice a change in your moles, get a dermatologist to check it out.

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