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4 | Health Matters: Providence St. Jude Medical Center Enjoy the Sunshine Sensibly T his summer, protect your skin while having fun in the sun. It's summertime, and that means spending more time outside in the sunshine. We're all excited to spend some time outdoors and away from the isolation of the past several months, but as you soak up the sun this summer it's important to remember that prolonged sun exposure can increase chances of developing skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Every day nearly 20 Americans die from skin cancer. Skin cancer is both the most preventable and the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma can present as: a large brownish spot with darker speckles; a mole that changes in color, size or feel; a small lesion with an irregular border; or a painful lesion that itches or burns. If you experience these symptoms, it's best to speak to a doctor right away. To find a physician or derma- tologist, please visit our website at or call 844-925-0944. As you enjoy the sun, remember that protecting your skin is vital to safeguarding your well-being. Also keep in mind that the sun protection you choose matters. For more on the types of skin care you should be turning to this summer, read this infographic provided by the AAD. SAY YES TO SUN PROTECTION S AY N O T O S K I N C A N C E R T H E R E A R E T WO T Y P ES O F S U N S C R E E N : Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every day. Physical Sunscreen This sunscreen works like a shield; it sits on the surface of your skin, deflecting the sun's rays. Look for the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Opt for this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. Chemical Sunscreen This sunscreen works as a sponge, absorbing the sun's rays. Look for one or more of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. This formulation tends to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving a white residue. Since exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, protect your skin by: If you have concerns about certain sunscreen ingredients, use the information above to choose an alternative that works for you. As long as it's broad-spectrum and water-resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher, it can effectively protect you from the sun. Make sure you reapply it every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. • Seeking shade • Wearing sun-protective clothing • Applying sunscreen to all skin not covered by clothing

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