Surprising Habits That Heighten Your Risk Of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is more prevalent than breast, prostate, lung or colon cancer. In fact, over 3 million people are diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer every year. Almost half of Americans who live to be 65 will develop basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at one point in their lifetime—a statistic that is explosive considering that more and more people are living past that age. If you think, “I take precautions to prevent skin cancer” and “I take good care of my skin,” you have to also think, when you see those numbers, that at least some skin cancer patients also believed that they took good care of their skin. To really lower your risk of skin cancer, you have to know more than the baseline strategy of staying out of the sun between noon and 3 pm. Here are 15 common habits that increase your risk of skin cancer.