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    Old 07-03-2005, 08:11 AM   #1
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    Exclamation Can I still get skin cancer if I wear sunblock?

    Hello I was wondering if it's okay to sunbathe while using sunblock. Yesterday I layed out for about an hour and wore SPF 30, but I still got a dark tan. Is the tan I get while wearing SPF "safer" than the tan/burn I would have got if I had not used SPF? Please help, I am so paranoid about skin cancer

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    Old 07-03-2005, 10:25 AM   #2
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    Re: Can I still get skin cancer if I wear sunblock?

    If you're dark you're less likely to get skin cancer, but if you lie out in the sun you're MORE likely. It's a toss-up. 50 years ago you may have been OK, but in those days there was an ozone layer. Use the fake tanning creams - there are some great ones these days. Don't let your parents outlive you.

    Old 07-04-2005, 12:27 AM   #3
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    Re: Can I still get skin cancer if I wear sunblock?

    Yes, you can get skin cancer with sunblock. You also might never get skin cancer without sunblock. There are no guarantees. But I'm sure that you want to improve all the odds that you can.

    Old 07-04-2005, 06:21 PM   #4
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    Re: Can I still get skin cancer if I wear sunblock?

    Yes, if you got dark, you got skin damage. There is no such thing as a safe tan, really. A severe sunburn as a child does raise your risk higher, but any color change (except fake of course) signals cell damage

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