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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Although not quite as exciting as, say, Thanksgiving or New Year's Eve, Skin Cancer Awareness Month is still a pretty important time. Although a lot of guys are doing their best to become educated about ways to protect their skin from sun damage, men are still falling victim to skin cancer and melanoma at an alarming rate.

While some can attribute this to athletic lifestyles or the prevalence of jobs that take place outdoors, another factor is the number of men who use sunscreens regularly. According to a study conducted by the University of Texas:
  • 34% of men interviewed used a sunscreen, compared to 78% of women interviewed

  • 69% of women covered all exposed skin with sunscreen as opposed to only 14% of men

It seems pretty obvious that men still have some way to go when it comes to protecting their skin from sun damage.

The best defenses against skin cancer involve protection and observation. By incorporating a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that contains UVA/UVB protection (like TiO2 Sunblock SPF 3o) into a skin care routine, avoiding prolonged exposure to the most intense sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM, covering up when out in the sun, and monitoring changes in body marks or discolorations, men's skin health can dramatically improve.

For more tips on Sun Care, take a look here.

DG


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