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Cancer Care Services.
Protecting your skin from the sun and damaging ultraviolet rays is extremely
important. It's estimated that one in five Americans will get skin
cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer is the most preventable form of
cancer, but one needs to be educated on how to prevent it. Learn how to
prevent skin cancer with these tips:
#1. Avoid purposely tanning.
Don’t use tanning beds or intentionally tan in sunlight. The ultraviolet
light from tanning beds and sunlight cause wrinkling and skin cancer.
When you tan, you increase your risk of getting all types of skin cancer.
#2. Avoid sunlight between 10 am and 4 pm.
The sun's ultraviolet rays are strongest during this time of day. Wear
protective clothing such as hats, UV-blocking sunglasses, pants, and long
sleeve shirts. If you're unable to wear protective clothing, wear
broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
#3. Apply sunscreen.
Sometimes, especially during the summer, you can't wear clothing that
protects your whole body from the sun. This is why it's important
to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside. The sunscreen you
use should have an SPF of at least 30 and protect against both UVA and
UVB rays. Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours or after
sweating or swimming.
#4. Examine your skin.
Check your skin for new or changing spots monthly. Abnormal spots such
as asymmetrically shaped spots, discolored spots, or spots that are sore
and do not heal should be consulted by a dermatologist. You should also
have a skin examination with a dermatologist at least once a year.
#5. Wear sunscreen all year.
The sun’s UV rays can still reach you even if you’re not intentionally
sitting out in the sun all day. They can even reach you on a cloudy day!
We recommend wearing sunscreen every day. It reduces the amount of UV
rays your skin is exposed to. It lowers your risk of skin cancer and prevents
early skin aging.
Protect your skin today and every day by using these tips. Skin cancer
is avoidable and you can start preventing it by utilizing these simple
tips. Learn more information about skin cancer by contacting
Cancer Care Services at 302.421.4970.