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10 Smart Ways to Lower Your Skin Cancer Risk

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9. Wear clothes with built-in protection.

9. Wear clothes with built-in protection. All the dermatologists we spoke to raved about clothing that's specially made to provide sun protection. "It's well worth the money," says Dr. Adams, whose kids wear sun-protective bathing suits. The clothes are effective for one of two reasons: Either they're made of tightly woven fibers or the fabric has been treated with a sun-blocking chemical. Companies that sell them include Lands' End, Reebok, Nike, The North Face, and Under Armour.

Dr. Weinkle also loves a new laundry product that allows you to sun-proof your favorite clothes simply by washing them in a special solution. That's great news, because an untreated white T-shirt has an SPF of only 7 -- and when it gets wet, it drops to 3, she points out. Try SunGuard, which you can buy online at

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garfieldmlogan wrote:

My wife always carries around a big tube of sunscreen with her fashion beachwear. I think it's kind of funny, but she's always the most stylish one at the beach!

7/12/2011 04:02:03 PM Report Abuse

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