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Can sunscreen prevent skin cancer?

There’s no proof that sunscreens prevent most skin cancer. Rates of melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer -- have tripled over the past 35 years. Most scientists and public health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer. Yet a good sunscreen can play role in preventing sunburns that are a major risk factor for melanoma -- provided you use it correctly. That means frequently applying it to all exposed areas of the body.

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