Experts: Time to make applying sunscreen a habit

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Medical experts say it is time to make sunscreen a healthy habit — just like brushing your teeth every day.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma is less common than other kinds of skin cancer, but it can be deadly.

The Skin Cancer Foundation estimated that the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed in 2019 will increase by 7.7 percent.

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Adena Health System dermatologist Kelly Gallina said there is no such thing as a safe tan.

“People who go to the tanning beds to feel better and get that base tan to me it’s just tragic because I feel like the tanning beds are shaped like a coffin for a reason,” she said.

Dr. Gallina recommends broad-spectrum protection in a waterproof sunscreen that covers both UVA and UVB rays.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with other medical/health organizations recommend the so-called ABCDE rule: Asymmetry (one half of the mole doesn't match the other) Border irregularity, Color that is not uniform, Diameter greater than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser), and Evolving size, shape or color.

Experts say following the rule can increase your chance of recognizing skin cancer early when it’s most treatable.