Avoid Skin Cancer for Less Than $10

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Posted on 05/22/2012

According to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, this year about 76,250 new melanomas will be diagnosed. Cases of melanoma have been increasing for the last three decades. Incidence rates for melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years. Since May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, it’s a great time to consider ways of avoiding this terrible disease that impacts millions.


Track Moles with Free App An important way to fight skin cancer is by keeping track of suspicious moles on your body. Monitor mole changes and find out if that little mark on your skin is something potentially dangerous with the Doctor Mole Skin Cancer app, free for Android devices.


Straw Hat
Block the sun with a big floppy straw hat, perfect for trips to the beach. Pick up one in a style you love for just $5 at 10dollarmall.com. It will serve as added protection from UV rays—especially for your scalp which often gets ignored.


Sunscreen
When it comes to sunscreen, the higher the SPF the better. At Walgreens.com, two three-ounce bottles of Sport Sunscreen with SPF 50 are only $5. It’s water and sweat resistant which will help keep it on during outdoor activities. Lay it on thick—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, putting on too little reduces the effectiveness of sunscreen by as much as 50%.


Beach Umbrella
Finding shade on the beach can be nearly impossible so create some by renting a beach umbrella. Check out rates at a local resort or shop. For instance, at Ron Jon Surf Shop beach umbrella rentals are just $10 for up to eight hours of use.


Lip and Face Protection
Not only can the sun cause cancer, it can also add years to your face. Protect your sensitive skin daily with Ocean Potion Natural Face Potion with SPF 50. For $5.99 you’ll also score a free tube of SPF 45 Lip Potion Lip Balm. And for a limited time when you buy one, the second is half off which means for less than $10 you should be stocked up all summer long.


By Alison Storm


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