Summer Fun in the Sun: Precautions Help Prevent Skin Cancer
Skin cancer, usually caused by overexposure to the sun, is the most common form of cancer. Luckily, it's one of the most treatable if caught early, and it's preventable with proper precautions.
"From birth to old age, sun protection is important," says Diane Meyer, MD, a dermatologist with Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wis. "We get 80 percent of our lifetime sun exposure during the first 18 years of life. In fact, a single, severe, blistering sunburn in childhood can double one's lifetime risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. So sun protection is very important, especially with kids."
Meyer offers these sun protection tips: