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Would You Bare Your Body To Fight Skin Cancer?

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IS TANNING ADDICTIVE?

Recent studies show sunning may produce the same effects as a runner's high: Over half of the beachgoers who took a recent two-part survey to determine the likelihood of developing an actual addiction to tanning tested positive on one set of questions- meaning they met the psychological criteria for a substance-related disorder! Richard Wagner, senior author of the 2005 report and deputy chairman of dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, says more research is necessary. Other studies suggest that tanning may also cause your brain to produce endorphins, or feel-good hormones.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF USE SPF YOU CAN TRUST

Slather yourself with a broadspectrum sunscreen (with UVA and UVB protection) of at least SPF 15, and reapply regularly. Unsure which sunscreen will work best? The Skin Cancer Foundation awards their annual Seal of Recommendation to the safest and most effective products on the market: Go to skincancer.org to get a print-and-shop list.

MONITOR YOUR MOLES

Recognizing changes in your skin is the best way to catch skin cancer early-and melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, usually develops in a mole you already have. Any mole that scabs over, bleeds, or has changed size or shape requires a trip to the dermatologist.

WHAT WE RAISED!

Crunching the numbers for a good cause:
13 bikinis @ $200 = $2600
20 one-pieces (or two-pieces with sarongs!) @ $100 = $2000
"Wipe Out Skin Cancer" Campaign Proceeds = $4600

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