Everyone is at risk of skin cancer. Get tips on how to protect yourself and your kids

Some people don't like to wear sunscreen because it can be sticky, smelly or inconvenient. But slathering or spraying on the product does matter. Sun protection reduces your risk of skin cancer, including the most dangerous kind — malignant melanoma. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks to a dermatologist about skin cancer prevention and warning signs to look for in adults and kids.

A woman and her child wear hats and use sunscreen while sitting outside by a pool. Stock image.
Reduce the risk of skin cancer for you and your children by using sun protection, including sunscreen, hats, protective clothing and sunglasses.
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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. The Skin Cancer Foundation lists some skin cancer stats on their website , including:

  • 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour.
  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Scary, yes, but using sunscreen, wearing sun-protective, clothing opting for shade and other measures will help to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

"Please wear your sunscreen and exercise good sun-protective behaviors," says Dr. Daniel Kim , a dermatologist at Essentia Health in Fargo. "And the best sunscreen is the one that you will actually put on. Because as long as it's something that's SPF 30 and above, you can't go wrong."

Listen to this podcast to find out how various sunscreen products work, which types of fabrics offer the most sun protection and the danger signs of skin cancer for adults and children.

For more stories about sun and your skin, check out the links below.


In this episode of the NewsMD podcast, "Health Fusion," Viv Williams explores how to reduce the harmful effects of sun exposure. Her guest is Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.
No matter what your skin tone, you need sunscreen. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams hears from a Mayo Clinic dermatologist about why everyone should slather it on.


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