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Does your sunscreen help prevent skin cancer?

June 2012

Not every sunscreen can help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Some sunscreens only help you prevent sunburn. Thanks to new labeling requirements, youíll be able to tell what a sunscreen can do by December 2012.

But you donít have to wait for the new labels. You can find out what a sunscreen must offer to reduce your risk of getting skin cancer by visiting this page:

FDA requires sunscreen labels to provide better information


Sunscreen plays an important role in reducing your risk of getting skin cancer. Thatís why dermatologists recommend that you protect your skin by wearing the right sunscreen every day.

This advice concerns some folks. Are you worried about the safety of sunscreen? Do you want to know what else you can do to prevent skin cancer? If so, be sure to read the following:

What dermatologists tell their patients

A sunscreen can be water resistant, but no sunscreen is waterproof. You need to re-apply sunscreen when:

  • Sweating.
  • Spending time in the water (look for an ecofriendly sunscreen).


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Johnny Bench named 2012 spokesperson
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Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench named 2012 spokesperson for Play Sun Smart™ program to promote skin cancer awareness


You can reduce skin cancer deaths!
You have the power to raise awareness of skin cancer and truly make a difference! Thatís because many skin cancers are preventable. By helping to create awareness, you can even save lives. Most skin cancers are curable with early detection and treatment.

To help you raise awareness, be sure to take this Facebook pledge: Take the pledge to Prevent. Detect. Live.

Other things you can do to increase awareness are:

  • Post a message on your Facebook wall.
  • Share facts by replying to a blog post.
  • Retweet an Academy tweet about the dangers of tanning.

These things really can make a big difference. A recent survey finds many young adults are not getting the message that there is no such thing as a safe tan. You can learn more about these survey findings by reading, Dermatologists give young adults something to tweet about: Tanning is out.


Next month:
Tips for healthier summer skin

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