Using Sunscreen Improperly
Most people don’t apply the right amount of sunscreen or reapply often enough to truly protect their skin from sun damage, says Dr. Brown. And they’re doing their skin a dangerous disservice. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and it’s on the rise. From 1998 to 2007, skin cancer rates rose by 1.4 percent per year in both men and women. There are more new cases of skin cancer each year than the number of lung, breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined. According to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 80,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Canada every year. But it’s also very preventable. Avoiding tanning beds, limiting your sun exposure during peak hours, covering up your skin with a wide brimmed hat and UV protectant clothing, and slathering on a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen regularly will all help reduce your risk. It’s also essential to get to know your skin. Most people don’t do a regular skin review to monitor their moles or look for any abnormal growths, says Dr. Brown. Regular scanning and seeing a dermatologist can help spot a problem area before it develops into something more serious.