Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime? Basal cell carcinoma is the most common kind of skin cancer, with more than 4 million diagnoses a year; squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer, with more than 1 million diagnoses a year. Melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers, but is the most deadly. By its nature, skin cancer can develop almost anywhere on the body, but there are certain areas where it’s more likely to appear. For example, nonmelanoma skin cancers often affect the head and neck due to sun exposure.
The good news is, there are many things you can do to protect against skin cancer. Here are some of the best ways to stay safe: