Why Are Men More Likely Than Women to Get Skin Cancer?
Men tend to get more sun exposure than women. Men spend more time outside over their lifetimes than women, and they’re more likely to work outdoors than women. Women’s personal care products, like moisturizer and makeup, often contain sunscreen, while many products for men don’t.
About one-third of U.S. adults get sunburned each year. Sunburn, which can increase your risk of getting skin cancer, is common among white men, young adults, and men who tan indoors. When outside on a sunny day for more than an hour, only about 14% of men use sunscreen on both their face and other exposed skin.
Easy Ways to Protect Yourself
It’s easy to protect yourself from UV exposure—
- Long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat offer the best protection. If you’re wearing a baseball cap or short-sleeved shirt, make sure to put sunscreen on your ears, neck, and arms.
- Stay in the shade as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which are peak times for sunlight.
- Use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 on any exposed skin, and don’t forget to re-apply it every two hours, as well as after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
- If you work outdoors, ask about sun protection at your job, like wearing sun-protective clothing.
- Avoid indoor tanning.
Source : CDC.GOV
Richard David Kann was only 44 years old when he found a funny spot on his back. Like most people, he ignored it. By the time he found his way into a Dermatologist’s office, he was in a fight for his life. He lost that battle in only 9 months. Men, if you are thirty years of age, and have not had a full skin exam, it is time to make that appointment today!
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