Reducing Melenoma Risk by up to 18%! By April Harrison, MPAS, PA-C
A reduced chance of developing melanoma? That’s what one recent study said could happen if women use sunscreen at least SPF 15. In a recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology*, over 143,000 Norwegian women were followed for 11 years. Those who wore sunscreen with SPF 15 were 18% less likely to develop melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.
The American Academy of Dermatology, and we at Suzanne Bruce and Associates, recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. We recommend an SPF 30+ sunscreen be applied to all exposed areas – face, neck, chest, scalp, top of ears, arms and hands. It is also important to reapply after two hours or after swimming or sweating. Physical methods of sun protection such as broad-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing, are also beneficial. Although this study followed women, the same conclusions could be drawn for men.
The bottom line? Wear your SPF 30+ sunscreen every day!