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Sunscreen and sunblock differ in one important way — while one totally blocks out harmful UV rays from the sun, the other just lessens the amount of harmful rays being absorbed deep into your skin


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Malignant melanoma is the most serious kind of skin cancer because it can spread quickly from the skin through the lymph nodes of blood to internal organs

Skin cancer

Often appears as a dark, flat, or slightly raised mark on the skin with variegated colours. Borders are irregular, with indentations or notches Skin surface

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• Sunscreen is absorbed into the skin • It combines organic and inorganic chemicals to filter the light from the sun so that less of it reaches the deeper layers of your skin


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Canadians will die from melanoma this year, and 5,500 will be diagnosed with it. Melanoma is now the eighth most common cancer found in Canadians.


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