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According to the American Cancer Society, about 73,870 new melanomas will be diagnosed this year and of those about 9,940 people are expected to die of melanoma this year. The rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years.

Protection And Prevention Are Key

The best way to prevent the possibility of melanoma is with sun protection. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher with a broad-spectrum that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

But if you're like us, you're probably looking for more natural products with fewer unpronounceable chemicals in the ingredients. Look for products that contain certified organic or natural ingredients such as plant oils, aloe, beeswax, plant waxes, herbal extracts and essential oils. Alba, Badger and Kiss My Face are just a few natural and effective sunscreens. And natural sunscreens like don't contain the ingredients that you should avoid.

Ingredients You Should Avoid

These are chemical filers that can have unpleasant side effects if they penetrate the skin:

  • 4-methy-benzyldencamphor (4-MBC)
  • Oxybenzone
  • Benzophenone-3
  • Octyl-methoyl-cinnamates (OMC)
  • Octyl-dimethyl-para-amin-benzoic Acid (OD-PABA)
  • Homosalate (HMS)

Staying out of the sun, wearing a hat and limiting sun exposure also helps reduce your risk of skin cancer as well as getting regular check ups and monitoring moles and skin spots.

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