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Johns Hopkins Health - 4 Steps to Cancer-Free Skin

Spring 2009
Issue No. 4

4 Steps to Cancer-Free Skin

Date: April 24, 2009

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About 1 million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, and more than 60,000 will have melanoma, the most deadly form.

Dermatologists at Johns Hopkins say people should be proactive about their skin care. They recommend that you:

  • Slather sunscreen. Apply liberally and frequently with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Decrease exposure. Long periods in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., are just no good.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. There is no safe UV radiation, despite manufacturers’ claims.
  • Screen your skin. Strange-looking moles or a family history of skin cancer warrants a visit to a dermatologist.

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