How to Avoid Skin Cancer
Cover up on the trails with sunscreen and clothing
Those of us who devote time each day, or most days, to running outdoors gain great health ...
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Those of us who devote time each day, or most days, to running outdoors gain great health benefits, with lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and other ailments that are on the rise. But running regularly also means being exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which is the single biggest risk factor for developing skin cancer, according to Dr. Jerry Brewer, a dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
“Anyone who spends more time outdoors in the sun, including runners, is at increased risk for skin cancer, including melanoma,” he says.
Each year, 3.5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common form of cancer. Dr. Brewer says this translates to roughly one in every five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime. And while melanoma, the most deadly form, accounts for only five percent of all cases, it causes 75 percent of all skin-cancer-related deaths. And, says Dr. Brewer, the incidence of melanoma is on the rise.