by Melissa Chichester
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. And sadly, nearly 20 Americans die from skin cancer every day. In females ages 15-29, it is the second most common cause of cancer, and just one indoor tanning session can increase risk. It is pretty clear that skin cancer is not something to be ignored.
All people, no matter their age, gender, or ethnic makeup, can practice sun safety by wearing water-resistant sunscreen, protective clothing (like wide-brimmed hats), and getting checked for skin cancer by a licensed physician.
Most people are already familiar with the basics when it comes to the sun, but the American Academy of Dermatology offers other useful tips about sun protection that we have outlined for quick reference below.
If you notice any changes in your skin, especially moles or freckles that change, it is important to consult a dermatologist or your physician to determine the reasons for these changes.