Woman applying sunscreen. (Photo courtesy of skincancer.org)

by Jade Hanley

The alarm goes off and it is time to start the morning routine: shower, dress, hair, and quickly run out the door to grab breakfast before class starts.

There is one element missing from this routine that is vitally important: sunblock!

According to skincancer.org, applying sunblock meticulously everyday can decrease a person’s chances of getting melanoma skin cancer by fifty percent. These results come from a study in which 1621 adults in Australia used a sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 16.

These results are thought to be a “game-changer” in terms of melanoma research, says Drs. June K. Robinson and Michael Bigby who conducted the study. They suggest that if there is a decrease in indoor tanning and an increase of the use of sunblock, as well as other daily skincare preventative measures, the patients with a high risk or genetic predisposition to skin cancer can decrease their chances of susceptibility now more than ever.

The most important part, however, is remembering to include sunblock into the daily routine. Remember: wake-up, shower, sunblock, dress, hair, breakfast, and don’t be late to class!