Why is it so important to protect your skin against the sun?

Rates of skin cancer—including melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer—continue to rise, even in young people. Melanoma is among the most common forms of cancer for young adults 15-29.

Sunscreen is just one form of protection against the harmful effect of UV radiation. Strategies such as seeking shade and dressing children in sun-protective clothing are just as important. A bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles the risk of melanoma later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology.

In addition, since skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, Badawii encourages you to perform regular skin self-exams using the ABCDEs of melanoma. If you notice any new spots on your skin, spots that are different from others, or spots that are changing, itching, or bleeding, contact a dermatologist.

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