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4 false myths about Skin Cancer

1). Wearing Sunscreen at the Beach is Enough Protection

Even 85% of UV rays can make it through on cloudy days. That means you are equally at risk in the car, out for a jog or letting your children outside at any time of year. This happens even when you are not at the beach. However, you are usually less dressed at the beach, and covering up is still recommended even when wearing sunscreen. The sunscreen itself also wears off with water and should always be applied every two hours or after getting wet.

2). Taking Care Of Your Skin Now Will Protect You Later

Skin cancer can take up to 20 or more years to develop. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that most people receive about 80% of their lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18. Just one red hot sunburn in childhood is estimated to double the risk of melanoma later on in life. Taking better care now will indeed reduce your risk, but it will not fully eliminate the damage already done.

3). A Tan Means You Are Already Protected

People with a darker skin tone are less likely to develop cancer. However tanned skin is actually damaged skin. Repeated tanning injures the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer by 20%.

4). It is Impossible to get Burned on Overcast Days

Just because the sun is hidden by clouds does not mean you do not need protection. As previously mentioned the powerful UV rays from the sun will still penetrate your skin even on cloudy days.

Look over these common myths and understand that the rays of the sun will always be able to find you. Unless you are indoors, you will never be fully protected.

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