sábado, 20 de junio de 2015

Protecting Your Skin

Dept. of Health & Human Services
June 18, 2015
By: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary
Summer is a time for sun. It’s a time for hitting the hiking trails or picnicking, heading down to the neighborhood pool, or relaxing on the nearest beach.
But as we enjoy the beautiful weather, too many of us forget to take important steps to reduce our exposure to the sun. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and, tragically, most cases are preventable. About 9,000 people die of melanoma, the most deadly kind of skin cancer, every year in the United States. Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year, and surveys show that each year 1 out of every 3 Americans gets a sunburn—a sign of overexposure to ultraviolet rays and a major cause of skin cancer.
Protect all the skin you’re in. Every year, there are 63,000 new cases of and 9,000 deaths from melanoma – the deadlist form of skin cancer.
Despite these statistics, a recent CDC study shows that a majority of Americans do not use sunscreen regularly and effectively.
There are a number of ways to ensure you protect your skin and prevent melanoma. A comprehensive approach to skin protection can help minimize the risk to you and your family, which includes sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, protective clothing and shade.
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