This is the time of year we all look forward to spending more time in the sun. But did you know the most common form of cancer in the United States is skin cancer? This year alone there will be 58,000 new cases resulting in 8,000 deaths.
Recently, the food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new labeling regulations designed to eliminate confusion over what protection is provided by sun screen manufacturers. One requirement is that sun screens be labeled as either 40 or 80 minutes, meaning that at even the highest SPF (Sun Protection Factor) levels, protection doesn’t last as long as we might have thought.
Use sunscreen with an SPF of 50. Apply liberally. And often. Enjoy your summer!