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able risk factor for skin cancer. T erefore, practicing sun safety and avoiding tanning beds are crucial in preventing skin cancer, as well as skin damage and wrinkles. If you want the look of a tan, use self-tanning products and continue using sunscreen. Avoid sunscreen containing DEET.


Taking Charge of Skincare Early detection of skin cancer leads to a cure. Everyone should check moles monthly, and your health care provider should inspect any changes in your moles. T e American Academy of Dermatology advises watching for the following warn- ing signs of skin cancer. 1 Changes in the surface of a mole. 2 Scaliness, oozing, bleeding or the ap- pearance of a new bump. 3 Spread of pigment from the border of a mole into surrounding skin. 4 A change in sensation, including itchi- ness, tenderness or pain. If any of your moles appears suspicious, contact your health care provider right away.


Leaves of Three, Let Them Be! T ere are other potential skincare risks when spending time outdoors, particu- larly if your kids play in wooded areas. Poison ivy is a poisonous plant associated with an allergic response to poison ivy oil, or urushiol. Teach your kids to avoid the plant, which appears as leaves in clus- ters of three growing from one stem. An allergic response occurs within 24


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to 48 hours after exposure. T e rash is very itchy, red, and may turn into blis- ters. New blisters may appear during the fi rst two weeks after exposure, and they usually resolve in three to four weeks. More than 90 percent of people in the


United States are sensitive to urushiol. If you are among the lucky ones not allergic, note that sensitivity may develop in time. Poison ivy oil can remain on garden-


ing, sporting or camping equipment for weeks, causing repeated allergic reactions unless the objects are washed with soap and water. Also, pets can carry poison ivy oils on their fur, so bathe your pet after a


Playing outdoors, especially in wooded areas, can place your kids at risk for poison ivy


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