Your Ears: At Risk for Skin Cancer
This is the time of year we remind you to be careful of the summer sun. As small as our ears are, a third of all skin cancers occur on them.
About 85% of ear skin cancers occur in men. That’s probably because of their shorter hair and being out in the sun more often.
Other than staying out of the sun, your best preventative is regular and liberal use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Take special care to apply sunscreen to the grooves of the ears. And be sure to include the back of your ear, where a full third of ear skin cancers occur.