Spotting Melanoma On The Back

According to American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the back is the most common location for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. 

"Adequately applying sunscreen to your own back can be a difficult task, as demonstrated in the "Who’s Got Your Back?" video. Find a family member or friend who “has your back” when applying sunscreen. In addition, seek shade and wear protective clothing to protect your skin whenever possible."

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The One Place You're Probably Forgetting To Put Sunscreen

Can you guess where you're probably forgetting to put sunscreen? 

Answer: your eye area

Researchers from the University of Liverpool released findings from a study about how we apply SPF. They focused on the places we miss when we do apply. How did they do this? They asked a group of 57 women and men to apply sunscreen to their faces. Using a special camera, they captured the places the participants missed.

The findings were fascinating. 

About 13% of the participants missed the eyelids and about 77% missed the area between the corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. 

Many sunscreen users probably think their sunglasses will protect their eyes – but they don't think of the damage if the sunglasses get taken off. Your eyelids are then exposed to the sun. Many users are also not use to applying sunscreen to this area in case it gets in their eyes. Ouch! 

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma on the eyelid account for 5 to 10% of all skin cancers.

Don't forget your eyelid area the next time you apply (AND REAPPLY) your face sunscreen! Your skin will thank you. 

10 Quick Facts About Sunburn Alert

1. Our UV Wristbands and Stickers make it fun and easy to remember when it's time to reapply sunscreen and seek shade. 

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2. Our patented color changing technology detects harmful UVA & UVB rays.

3. The bands and stickers work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults.

4. They can be used with any sunscreen, whether it is a cream, spray or lotion.

5. Wristbands are adjustable to fit any size wrist- both kids and adults.

6. They can be recycled after one day of use.

7. You can find us in stores! 

8. When the Body Sticker begins turning blue, this is your reminder that your sunscreen is losing its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and you need to reapply to the skin and wristband again.

9. When the band begins turning red, this is your reminder that your sunscreen is losing its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and you need to reapply to the skin and wristband again.

10. They come in 15 and 30 packs.

 

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5 Surprising Skin Cancer Facts Everyone Needs To Know

According to The American Cancer Society, skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Below are 5 surprising skin cancer facts everyone needs to know this summer: 

1. Exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women 45 and younger.

2. Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person's chance of developing melanoma. 

3. Melanoma survivors have an approximately nine-fold increased risk of developing another melanoma compared to the general population.

4. Men and women with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than people without a nonmelanoma skin cancer history. 

5. Before age 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than in men, but by age 65, rates are twice as high in men. 

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