Summer Skin: Get the Naked Truth

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By Laura Nathan-Garner, Staff Writer
Summer Skin UmbrellaWith more than one million new cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer accounts for almost half of the cancers in the United States, says the American Cancer Society. Luckily, it's also one of the most preventable and -- if spotted early -- curable cancers. 

This summer, protect your skin by taking extra sun-safety precautions and getting to know the blemishes, birthmarks and moles on your body.

Learn about a chic way to protect your skin, get summer sun-safety tips for the whole family, and find out about skin cancers that develop in places "where the sun don't shine" in the May issue of Focused on Health, MD Anderson's online healthy living newsletter.

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Stylish Shade on Summer Days
Open a parasol on a blazing hot summer day. It's a fashionable and functional way to prevent skin cancer. Learn what type of parasol works best on summer days.

Go on Spot Patrol
Who'd a thought? That tiny spot in-between your toes could be skin cancer. That's right! Skin cancer can occur anywhere on your body. Get familiar with areas normally hidden from view.  

5 Tips for Kid Sun Protection
Temperatures are heating up. Your kids are sweating; they're swimming. They need extra sun protection! Get extra sun-safety ideas beyond just sunscreen.

Do Your Skin a Favor: Skip the Tanning Bed
Tanners, beware! Tanning beds increase skin cancer risk by a whopping 75% for users under 30. Learn more alarming tanning facts, and share advice on self-tanning products.

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1 Comment

Thanks for this great post on how people can protect themselves from the sun all summer long.

The Melanoma Research Foundation is reaching out to teens and young adults about tanning and its link to the deadliest type of skin cancer. Most people don’t realize that using tanning beds before age 35 increases your risk of developing melanoma by 75% and occasionally using tanning beds can triple your chances. The research shows that there’s no such thing as a “safe” or “healthy” tan.

We invite all young people to “Take a Stand, Don’t Tan!” with us by signing our online pledge at You can also find really important information about the realities of tanning, read stories from young women who have a history of both tanning and melanoma, and watch our YouTube video about teens facing a big decision as they get ready for the prom. Please help us spread the word so teens and young adults can protect themselves from the potentially life-threatening risk they take with tanning!

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