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Neutrogena Study Shows More Skin Cancer Education Needed

Posted: September 6, 2012

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Although women with naturally dark skin have a much lower risk of skin cancer than those who are fair-toned, this does not make them immune to skin cancer, the study warns. Cases of skin cancer in people with darker skin are often not detected until later stages, when it is more dangerous. The overall melanoma survival rate for African-Americans is only 77% versus 91% for Caucasians.

6. MYTH: “Since summer is almost over and the sun isn't as strong, I don't need to wear sunscreen every day.”

However, experts warn that the sun's harmful rays are as deadly during the colder seasons as they are during summer. In fact, even under cloud cover, it is possible for the sun to harm your skin and eyes, so it is important to protect yourself with sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing even in cloudy weather.

7. MYTH: “Only UVB radiation can cause skin damage.”

The fact is that both UVA and UVB rays cause sunburns and damaging effects such as skin cancer. UVB rays account for 80% of the sun's damage and UVA for 20%, so Neutrogena recommends that consumers opt for a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen that protects from both. Although not all broad-spectrum sunscreens are equally effective, the company says. For the best in sun protection, look for broad-spectrum sunscreens with at least SPF 30, especially those with sunscreen technology like Helioplex that are formulated with the ideal balance of UVA and UVB filters.