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sunscreenSun damage over the years has become very to identify. Dr. O’Toole explains that premature aging of the face is usually a form of sun damage. Patients can see visible wrinkles that could appear deep set. Some patients also have lines surrounding the lips. In these cases Dr. O’Toole may recommend a combination of solutions. First, injectable fillers help to restore volume to the face. Secondly, laser resurfacing will help to improve the texture of the skin. Thirdly, a facelift and blepharoplasty will help to improve the laxity of the skin on the face and eyelids. Once the patient has made the investment for facial rejuvenation sunscreen is a must every single day. New sunscreen guidelines and labels will help patients to identify the most effective sunscreen. According to KTLA UV exposure is thought to be the culprit behind most skin cancers — the other causes include heredity and repeated exposure to X-rays.

Going forward, sunscreen labels will have to be clearer about their ability to protect against UV rays. They’ll also be allowed to tout their ability to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early signs of aging. The FDA issued guidelines to that effect on Tuesday.

The most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, aren’t as deadly as melanoma.

Between 1985 and 2008, the incidence of melanomas grew by about 2.6% each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. An estimated 8,700 men and women died from melanoma last year.

The data give reason to slather on sunscreen before going outside. Or before getting in the car: A new study finds that some UV-related skin cancers are more likely to occur on the left arm and side of the face than on the right.


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