Take care of your skin this summer

Despite some recent storms, we have been experiencing warm temperatures and sunny skies, which is enticing people to flock to parks, the beach or just around town.

Now is a great time to revel in the nice weather, but while taking the proper precautions. Sunscreen is a must. While a bronze tan always looks nice, it can have lasting negative effects on your skin including dark spots, wrinkles, and worst of all, cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, with more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer diagnosed each year.

As for the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, the American Cancer Society is estimating that in 2014 about 76,100 new melanomas will be diagnosed, and about 9,710 people are expected to die of melanoma.

These numbers don't lie, and it is heartbreaking to know that in some cases, taking the proper precautions could have avoided the disease.

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