Choosing Stronger Sunscreen Would Reduce Women's Melanoma Risk

By Andrew M. Seaman

(Reuters Health) - "The number of women affected by the deadliest form of skin cancer could fall by almost a fifth if they all used sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, a new study suggests."

"While it may seem obvious that sunscreen with a higher SPF would protect against skin cancer, the study's lead author said past research produced conflicting results, in part because many sunscreen users don't apply sunscreens properly."

"In addition, said Reza Ghiasvand of the University of Oslo in Norway, people often don't reapply sunscreen as recommended. As a result, they end up with sunburns that increase their risk of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer."

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