Skin cancer leaves mark on athletes

June 26, 2007
American Academy of Dermatology warns people about the dangerous effects from sun exposure.

As people, especially those who participate in sports, gear up for warm-weather activities, now is an ideal time to warn them about how the dangerous effects from the sun can disrupt their game and remind them to practice proper sun protection while outdoors.

Since sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, information from the American Academy of Dermatology can provide information and tips for athletes and weekend sports enthusiasts about how to Be Sun Smart by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade whenever possible.

This year, more than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, making it the most common form of cancer. Even more alarming is the fact that an estimated 10,850 people will die of skin cancer this year. At current rates, one person dies of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, every hour.

The American Academy of Dermatology encourages you to use these features throughout the year to encourage your readers to practice sun protection year round and prevent skin cancer.