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Stave off skin cancer with these effective, expert-backed ideas.
3 tips from a naturopathic doctor
Leah Sherman, ND, Portland, Oregon
Use natural sunscreen. Avoiding sunburn by using sunscreen every day is skin cancer prevention 101. But many products contain oxybenzone, a synthetic chemical linked to hormone disruption and allergies. Look for sunscreens that use physical sun blockers such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Reduce inflammation. Sometimes inflammation is good—if you get a cut or scrape, swelling moves blood to the area, repairing damaged tissue. But chronic inflammation can impair your immune system and create a cancer-promoting environment. One way to reduce inflammation is moderate exercise. Get 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic and weight-bearing exercises five days per week.
Don’t obsess. Any cancer diagnosis can be traumatic. If you’ve had skin cancer in the past, create a comprehensive, long-term prevention plan with your dermatologist. But don’t let skin cancer consume your life—dwelling on it will only cause more stress.