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Neutrogena Study Shows More Skin Cancer Education Needed

Posted: September 6, 2012

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Neutrogena and Dr. Rigel are seeking to educate women through a focused campaign as they dispel common skin cancer myths such as:

1. MYTH: “I am not at risk of getting skin cancer from sun exposure, because my routine (work, drive to work, indoor hobbies, and vacations) doesn't include any outdoor activities.”

However, dermatologists say brief sun exposures throughout the year can add up to significant damage for everyone, especially those with fair skin.

2. MYTH: “SPF 30 is all the SPF protection I need; anything higher is all the same.”

But the doctor says that if you don’t apply enough sunscreen (one ounce for your body and one tablespoon for your face) or you apply your sunscreen incorrectly, it may result in a lower SPF than the labeled protection level. Higher SPF sunscreens also provide additional sunburn protection under extreme UV conditions. For those who might be prone to applying insufficient amounts of sunscreen, look for an SPF 50 or higher sunscreen with Helioplex technology.