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There’s a dark side of the sun. May is skin cancer awareness month.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States this year there will be about 100,350 new cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and 6,850 deaths from it. The rates of melanoma have been rising for the past few decades.

Melanoma is more common in men overall, but before age 50 the rates are higher in women than in men.

The number of cases of the more frequent skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, has been increasing for many years. According to one estimate, about 3.5 million cases of them are diagnosed annually (80% are basal cell).

Most of these three types of skin cancer are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation primarily from the sun. Incredibly, only a little over half of American adults use sun-protection measures.

We recommend a sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 30+ and with broad spectrum protection which will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB waves. Some sunscreens only protect against UVB rays, the ultraviolet rays that cause sunburn. Coral Sure Sunscreen protects against both and helps prevent premature aging, wrinkles, and some skin cancers.

We also recommend sensible sun protection measures such as wearing a hat, long sleeves, sunshades, and other sun protective clothing. Morrison Rowe have sun protection clothing to suit all styles with ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating of 50+.

The good news is that if diagnosed and treated early, skin cancer can often be cured. But if the disease is allowed to progress, it can result in disfigurement and possibly death.

Here are the A,B,Cs of how to look out for and identify skin cancer early:


On half of the mole does not match the other.


The edges are irregular, ragged, notched or blurred.


The mole is not evenly colored. It may include shades of brown, black or patches of red or pink.


The diameter is larger than 6 millimeters across.


The mole is changing.

Learn more at the Skin Cancer Foundation.


EPO9 was formed four years ago by a collection of surfers, scuba divers, snorkelers, swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts who worship the sun but really care about, and want to protect, the oceans and marine environment which brings us so much joy. Eponine Labs, LLC was incorporated in June 2022. Its mission is to manufacture a sunscreen that is truly non-toxic to the marine eco-system and ​will afford the user the highest standard of skin protection from the sun's harmful UV rays.

People chose Coral Sure Sunscreen for its broad spectrum protection and non-toxic, moisturizing properties. Learn more at

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