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Health experts advise using sunscreen every day to prevent skin cancer. Yet skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and rates are on the rise.

Skin cancer usually is found on the head and neck. In fact, five to 10 percent of skin cancers occur on the eyelid. Studies have found that about 75 percent of people don’t completely cover the eyelid regions when they put on sunscreen.

You may avoid using lotion around your eyes because you’re afraid it will sting. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using mineral formulas with zinc or titanium dioxide. These sunscreens are good for sensitive skin and won’t burn your eyes as you sweat.

To protect yourself from sunburns and skin cancer, follow these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Don’t forget spots you may overlook. Along with eyelids, these include earlobes, tops of your feet and scalp.
  • Wear protective eyewear and clothing.
  • Seek shade and avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 


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