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Taking care of your skin and shielding it against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays is extremely important. We can help you learn how to protect your skin from head to toe, as well as how to recognize the warning signs of skin cancer.
Making Sense of Sunscreen
With so many sunscreens available, it's hard to know which one to choose. Check out this list of helpful tips for finding the best skin protection products for you and your family.
You can also shop for skincare and sun care products that feature The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation.
The Skin Cancer Foundation
We’ve partnered with The Skin Cancer Foundation to bring you the latest information about the disease, as well as helpful prevention tips.
Map Your Way to Healthy Skin
The best prevention is early detection. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions for a thorough self-exam. You'll need: bright light, a full-length and hand mirror, two chairs or stools, a blow dryer, body map, and pencil.
But first, you may have to map the changes, and we've made it easy with our printable Body Mapping Chart.
1 Examine your face, especially your nose, lips, mouth, and ears — front and back. Use one or both mirrors for a clear view.
2 Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view. Ask someone to help, if possible.
3 Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers, and under the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both the front and back of your forearms.
4 Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms. Don't forget the underarms.
5 Next focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the undersides.
6 With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4.
7 Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
8 Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals. Check front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes, and under toenails. Examine soles of feet and heels.
Drug Information Database
Some medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, which raises your risk of burning. To find out if your medication causes photosensitivity, search for it in our Drug Information Database, and then read the Precautions section to learn whether your skin needs extra protection.
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