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Doctors: Men more at risk for skin cancer than women

Published: Jun. 15, 2015 at 11:34 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2015 at 12:20 PM CDT
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WSFA - Are men more likely to get skin cancer? New research shows they are less likely to wear sunscreen than women.

The Skin Cancer Foundation reports young men account for 40 percent of melanoma cases and more than 60 percent of melanoma deaths.

"Skin cancer is very common in men, especially those over 45," says dermatologist Dr. Jorge Garcia. "It's especially common for people who don't wear sun screen and work outside."

There is a lingering misconception that sunscreen can cause acne, but Dr. Garcia says that's no longer the case.

"Most of the products nowadays have SPF 30 in a facial moisturizer form," Garcia says, "so it's not the greasy stuff we used as kids."

Dr. Garcia recommends using this moisturizer like an aftershave lotion every morning before heading outside.

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