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Medical Edge: Skin cancer where you don't expect

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- An important warning about sunscreen for those planning to spend the July 4th holiday outside.

A new report said most people wear sunscreen when they spend time out in the sun.  But the study pointed out that was not always where they should! 

While most slather sunscreen on the bigger body parts, according to skin specialists at the Cleveland Clinic, when it comes to covering these at the pool or the beach people do great!  But what about when people are out and about, working in their yard, do they ever think about the places that they should be applying sunscreen?  For example, this report recommended to put sunscreen on the eyelids, lips and even the ears.

A recent study in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal showed the third most common place for skin cancer was on an ear.  Quite often, if people wear a hat to protect their head the ears still stick out and will burn without sunscreen.
  
Then there's another common place often forgotten.  Podiatrist Doctor Gordon Yun has seen what happens when  people don't protect their feet.

"The incidence of melanoma on the foot is relatively rare compared to other parts.  But it's something you should be aware of."

He reminded people that sunburn on the top of your feet wasn't just a risk for skin cancer but also  pretty painful, "It's pretty thin skin there.  People kind of neglect that area and they kind of pay for it."

To avoid paying for it on a few of the other troubles spots as well wear sunglasses to protect your eyelids and lip balm with sun protection.  Experts said women protect lips but guys don't.
 
According to this report, cancers on the lips was most frequently seen in guys who are fair-skinned, often around age 50, from years of lip neglect.

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