June 28, 2012

Carrie Bebermeyer

This Summer, Spread the Sunscreen

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Help remind your friends and family to wear sunscreen every day and encourage them to join you in committing to this healthy habit. Over the next several weeks, visit SLU Health News on Facebook for tips from SLU dermatologist Dr. Michelle Tarbox about protecting your skin and SHARE them to spread the message.


ST. LOUIS -- The data is in and there’s no question: We should wear sunscreen to protect our skin and dramatically reduce our risk for developing skin cancer.

While the message is clear, we have endless reasons that keep us from adopting the cancer-preventing health habit. We forget, the lotion is expired, too sticky or we aren’t sure what kind to buy. Sometimes we’re not clear about the extent of sun damage under the skin’s surface or we’re not aware of how much sun exposure we get each day, even while driving in the car.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. As many as one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.

Michelle Tarbox, M.D. a SLUCare dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at SLU, will share tips on SLU Health News to help tackle the obstacles that may be keeping you from adopting this simple healthy habit. For example, Tarbox suggests setting the sunscreen bottle next to your toothbrush so you’ll see it each morning. Soon, applying it will be as automatic as brushing your teeth.

This summer, commit to wearing sunscreen every day. Your skin will thank you and by September you’ll have established a life-long habit that will cut your risk of skin cancer, keep years off your appearance as you age, and allow you to enjoy the outdoors in a healthy way.

Read about the success of skin cancer screening at this year’s “Race for the Cure.”

Share tips about sun protection from SLU Health News.

Listen to Dr. Michelle Tarbox explain the damage caused by tanning.

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