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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it is the number one cancer in people ages 24 to 29. That’s why there is an awareness campaign to protect yourself against harmful rays.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it is preventable and treatable if caught early. Dermatologists want to bring attention to the importance of protecting your skin from the sun.

There are several things you can do to reduce your risk. The first is don’t burn. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles with five or more sunburns at any point in life. Also, avoid tanning and tanning beds.

Dr. Jenifer Lloyd says you should always opt for a sunblock instead of a sunscreen.

“A sunblock physically blocks all of the rays from the sun. It sits on the surface of the skin and works instantly. If you put sunblock on right now, you could go outside right away,” Lloyd said. “A sunscreen is a chemical that interacts with the top layer of your skin, and you have to put it on 30 minutes before you go outside for that reaction to take place.”

Lloyd says there isn’t any FDA criteria for labels when it comes to sunblock and sunscreen. In order to know what you are buying, she says you have to look at the ingredients. Sunblock should contain zinc, titanium and iron oxide.

There are many products that make it easy to protect your skin, and many are not greasy. Lloyd wears a powder sunscreen daily. She also recommends protective clothing.

“Sun protective clothing you don’t have to reapply; you just simply put it on and it protects you all day. It’s lightweight, it’s airy, it’s breathable and much better than a cotton t-shirt. A cotton t-shirt has an SPF of 8, especially when it’s wet. This clothing has an SPF of 50 to 100.”

Detection is also an important factor. Lloyd recommends getting your skin checked by a dermatologist at least once a year. You should also be examining your skin and moles at home. If you notice a change in an existing mole or discover any new spot that doesn’t heal after several weeks, see a doctor immediately.

There are several free apps for your mobile devices that can help you map, measure and monitor moles.


Protecting Your Skin From The Sun

Protecting Your Skin from the Sun- VIDEO HERE

YOUNGSTOWN (WKBN) The month of May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Dermatologist Jenifer Lloyd, with Lloyd Dermatology and Laser Center, in Youngstown, says there are many ways to help protect your skin from the sun.

Lloyd says sun-protective clothing is highly effective, and can be found at most local retailers. She also recommends using sunblock every day, and apply it before you head out the door. She says to use certain SPF sunblocks depending on your daily routine.

“For me, the sun was rising, when I got here this morning. It will be down before I leave. For me, a 30 is fine for me today, because I’m not likely to go outside. If you’re going to be outside, on vacation, I’m going to go for the 50 plus, because I’m going to be out longer. I’ll need that sun protection,” she says.

Lloyd also says there is a time of the day when the sun’s rays can be stronger. That’s anywhere between the hours of 10AM and 2PM.

“When your shadow is longer than your are, you don’t need to worry about it so much. Once your shadow is shorter than you, you need to be concerned. That’s an easy way to remember,” she continues.

Lloyd tells First News tanning beds are not good for your skin at all. She says she can’t say how many patients she had as teenagers, who now have melanoma.

She says most products are water resistant up to 40 to 80 minutes. It’s always best to reapply, even on cloudy days, when 80 percent of the sun’s rays can reach earth.


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