Not Using Sunscreen? 10 Reasons Why You Had Better Start

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Skipping sunscreen might seem like no big deal, but it can lead to skin cancer, which can be deadly. Forgoing the SPF can also lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Sometimes visual proof is all you need to motivate yourself to wear sunscreen. Here’s what can happen when you skip the sunscreen.
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Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently diagnosed form of skin cancer. It may look like an open wound, a red or pink patch of skin or a flesh colored bump. It generally doesn’t spread, but having it removed can lead to disfigurement if you let it go too long. Basal cell carninoma can almost always be attributed to unprotected sun exposure.
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Like basal cell carninoma, squamous cell carcinoma is usually caused by sun exposure without protection from sunscreen. It may look like a scaly red patch of skin or it could look like a wound that won’t heal. Using tanning beds can also cause squamous cell carcinoma. This type of skin cancer can grow and spread and may cause death if left untreated.
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Acitinic Keratosis

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Acitinic Keratosis

This type of skin cancer should warn you that you need to see a dermatologist right away. Technically a pre-cancerous condition, acitinic keratosis presents as a rough, red and scaly patch of skin that usually crops up in places where the sun shines on your body. Unprotected UV rays alter the celluar make-up of your skin, which leads to this precancerous, but still worrisome, form of skin cancer.
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Melanoma

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Melanoma

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. It generally looks like a mole, but will be larger and darker, often with more than one color and irregualar borders. Existing moles can turn into a melanoma due to unprotected sun exposure. While prognosis is hopreful when caught early, melanoma can be deadly if it is ignored because it can spread to other parts of your body.
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Skin Cancer Can Scar You for Life

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Skin Cancer Can Scar You for Life

As you can see by this massive scar, a seemingly small spot on your skin can lead to life changing issues. Sometimes a small skin cancer has spread so far that you must undergo extensive surgery to remove it. To avoid this, it’s always best to see your dermatologist if you ever notice a strange spot.
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Skin Cancer Can Disfigure You

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Skin Cancer Can Disfigure You

This photo may be difficult to look at, but it should also raise awareness of what you can expect if you use tanning beds or lay out in the sunshine without proper SPF usage.
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The Sun Causes Age Spots

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The Sun Causes Age Spots

Even if you never get skin cancer from your time in the sun, you might notice that your skin is turning darker in spots. These are called age spots and, while they aren’t cancer, they do indicate that sun damage has occurred, which can lead to cancer down the road. Wearing sunscreen can help you reduce the appearance of age spots on your face and your hands.
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The Sun Wrinkles Your Skin

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The Sun Wrinkles Your Skin

Compare these two women and notice that the one on the left clearly has spent more time in the sun without sunscreen. Aging causes wrinkles, but unprotected sun exposure can speed the process and pronounce the appearance of your wrinkles and fine lines.
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Skin Cancer is More Common Than You Think

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Skin Cancer is More Common Than You Think

Skin cancer is more common than most other types and affects many hundreds of thousands of people each year. Understanding those stats is an important way to reduce your risk.
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Stay Safe in the Sun

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Stay Safe in the Sun

These simple steps go a long way toward to making sure you prevent skin cancer and the signs of aging without having to sacrifice your fun in the sun. It only takes a couple of minutes and it can save your life.
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