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5 Places You May Not Be Wearing Sunscreen (But Should)

Killer Heat blog postSkin cancer is on the rise.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, almost 77,000 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States in 2013. What’s more, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.

Not surprisingly, the majority of skin cancer is caused by exposure to the sun.

We also know that sun exposure causes wrinkles and a recent study proves that protecting skin from the sun is the most effective way to combat premature aging skin. It’s better than any expensive skin cream on the market.

So, with all this knowledge, why do so many of us still skip the daily application of sunscreen, except if we’re at the beach? Even if we are vigilant about our faces, we expose parts of our bodies to the sun daily, without realizing the harm. Too many of us think if we slather sunscreen on our faces, we’re protecting everything, or that our clothes protect us from the sun’s rays.

We couldn’t be more wrong.

Here’s a check list of those areas where you should be rubbing in the SPF 50  every day, rain or shine:

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