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Men's Health Minute : Skin

What is the largest organ in your body?

It’s your skin—soft yet protective. Too many men neglect their skin health. Talk to your doctor about changes in skin color, excessive itching, moles changing, or wounds that won’t heal. Don’t think of sunscreen as something ladies use to prevent wrinkles. Skin cancer can kill. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for men. Young men account for 40 percent of melanoma cases, but more than 60 percent of melanoma deaths. In fact, men aged 15 to 39 are 55 percent more likely to die of melanoma than women are in the same age group. To help prevent skin cancer, generously apply a daily sunscreen 15 SPF or higher with UVA and UVB protection, and reapply every two hours. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect face, head, ears and neck. Stay in the shade during the heat of the day from about 10 to 3, or cover up with clothing. Avoid indoor tanning and beware of sun-sensitizing medications. You may be at higher risk if you are fair skinned, have blond or red hair or freckles, spend a lot of time outdoors, have a lot of moles or have a family history

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