A new study from Ohio State University found that applying sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer by 80%.
“We have developed a mouse model that allows us to test the ability of a sunscreen to not only prevent burns but also to prevent melanoma…. We hope that this model will lead to breakthroughs in melanoma prevention,” Christin Burd, assistant professor of molecular genetics at Ohio State University
The new study tested various SPF 30 sunscreens, and found all delayed the onset of melanoma.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer affects 1 in 5 Americans, and more than 73,000 are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Don't forget to apply (and reapply) your sunscreen this summer!