Sun protection for life : your guide to a lifetime of healthy & beautiful skin
Mary Mills Barrow and John F. Barrow.
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, c2005.
From the founders of Coolibar, the only providers of sun protective products officially endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation, this book offers the latest information on detecting, preventing, and protecting yourself from damaging sun-rays that cause cancer.
100 questions & answers about melanoma and other skin cancers
Edward F. McClay, Mary-Eileen T. McClay, Jodie Smith.
Sudbury, Mass. : Jones and Bartlett, c2004.
Whether you're a newly diagnosed skin cancer patient, a survivor, or a friend or relative of either, this book offers help. The only text to provide the doctor and patient's view, 100 Questions & Answers About Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. Written by two skin healthcare professionals and a melanoma survivor, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this frightening disease. Book jacket.
Saving your skin : prevention, early detection, and treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers
Barney Kenet and Patricia Lawler.
New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, c1994.
An all-around guide, "Saving Your Skin" includes information on how to detect melanoma in its early stages--with descriptions of what it is and what causes it--how to fight sun, the skin's worst enemy; how to perform a skin self-exam at home; how to pick a dermatologist; patient support networks; and more. Color photos. Illustrations.

A good sunscreen helps protect you and your family year round. The question we face is deciding which sunscreen is the best.

Walk by a display of sunscreens at your store and you'll see enough creams, sprays, and gels to confuse even the savy consumer.  The labels can be as confusing -- what's the difference in protection factors, are both UVA and UVB rating important, and is water-proof the same as water-resistant?

Federal guidelines exist to make it easier to choose the best sun protection. The guidelines require that for a product's label to state that it lowers the risk of cancer the product must:

  • Have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15
  • Guard against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation reaching the skin.  Both of these rays add to the risk for skin cancer and skin aging.

Sunscreen your way

Don't like it to make you smell like a coconut?  Look for unscented.

Don't like it to feel greasy?  Try water or alcohol-based sunscreens.

Don't like it to run into your eyes?  Use a stick sunscreen on your forehead and around your eyes.

Sunscreens are not only way get protection from the sun. 

  • Wear protective clothing and sunglasses
  • Limit time family members stay in the sun
  • Don't be fooled by cloudy days -- up to 80 percent of the sunís UV rays can pass through the clouds
  • Remember winter sun can be harmful(snow reflects 80% of the sun's rays).

Whether your family outing is a trip to the beach on a hot July afternoon or a day to the slopes in January, don't forget the sunscreen.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff