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Livingwell Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Whatever you do, do it well. “You have cancer.” No one expects to hear those three frightening words. Though some factors may be out of your control, you can take a stand for your health to decrease your risk of developing two leading types of cancer. Prevention The Power of The Skin You’re In THE MOST COMMON cancer in the United States, skin cancer affects approximately 2 million people every year, but it is often preventable. Judy Murphy, nurse practitioner in dermatology at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, recommends these easy tips for protecting your skin: • Use sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen that protects against both ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays, even on overcast days. The sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect against sun damage. Evenly apply and Continued on page 2 Win a gas grill. See page 2 for details. “Skin cancer is highly preventable, but unfortunately, many people do not realize they need to safeguard their skin year round. Even on snowy or cloudy days, sunscreen is necessary for protection against harmful ultraviolet rays.” — Judy Murphy, nurse practitioner in dermatology at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center summer 2011 Volume 10 Number 3

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