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Does High Factor Sunscreen Decrease the Risk of Skin Cancer?

A recent study published by the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo found that applying high factor sunscreen as opposed to low factor sunscreen can decrease the risk of developing melanoma by 33%. The study considered sunscreen above SPF 15 a high factor sunscreen, and in turn considered sunscreen below SPF 15 a low factor sunscreen. The study followed more than 140,000 Norwegian women for an average of ten years to draw its conclusions.

The most important warning sign of melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in its size or color. In addition, spots that look different from other spots on the skin can signal melanoma. The American Cancer Society recommends using the ABCDE rule as a guide to keep an eye on melanoma. A is for asymmetry, in which one half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other. B is for border, meaning the edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred. C is for color, in which the color is not the same all over and may include different shades of brown or black. D is for diameter, meaning the spot is larger than 6 millimeters across or roughly the size of a pencil tip eraser, although some melanomas can be smaller than this. E is for evolving, in which the mole is changing in size, shape, or color. If you have one of these warning signs, you should seek medical treatment.

Unfortunately, physicians infrequently overlook and fail to diagnose this type of cancer. If you or someone you love suffers from melanoma, and you feel you may have been a victim of medical error, please contact us for a free consultation. Our attorneys have successfully litigated many claims against physicians for failing to detect, diagnose, and treat cancer in a timely fashion.

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