Simple Steps to Reduce Men’s Cancer Risk

Avoid UV Rays

Anyone of any race can get skin cancer, so always wear sun protection. If you’re using sunscreen, make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every two hours, especially at peak sun hours (usually between 10 am and 4 pm). Sun damage can still occur on overcast days. Also, wear protective clothing such as a hat to protect your scalp. Cancer Research UK notes that more men than women die from malignant melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer). Talk to your doctor about the medication you take; certain prescriptions, such as antibiotics, make the skin more sensitive. People with a compromised immune system, such as those with HIV, are more prone to skin cancer. Monitor your body for irregular moles or marks. These spots can form anywhere on the body, but Cancer Research UK says the chest and back are the most common places they develop on men.

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July 2, 2014