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Age and Socioeconomic Factors Are Strongest Determinants of Sunburn

e billions of dollars spent treating skin cancers that could have been prevented."

The Academy encourages people to Be Sun SmartSM when outdoors by protecting themselves from the harmful rays of the sun.

? Generously apply sunscreen using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.

? Wear protective clothing.
? Seek shade.
? Use extra caution near water, snow and sand.
? Protect children from sun exposure by applying sunscreen.
? Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist.
It is estimated that more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. At current rates, 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime, and five or more sunburns doubles a person’s risk of developing skin cancer.

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