Prevent Skin Cancer

 

 

Skin cancer is the most prolific cancer in the US, and women under the age of 39 have a higher rate of developing it in it’s most serious form over any other invasive cancer except breast cancer.

 

Skin Cancer Prevention

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. Pool parties and beach days are upon us! You might have experienced the effects of too much time in the sun already!

Spending time in the sun after a gloomy winter and spring is a good thing. Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for our body and is produced when our skin is exposed to sunlight. However, exposing your skin to sunlight for too long can cause serious health risks like painful sunburns and skin cancer. You want to take certain precautions when you are planning to spend more than thirty minutes in direct sunlight. A tan, no matter which way you spin it, is caused by excessive Ultra Violet (UV) rays that have caused cell damage.

 

Skin Protection

Avoid tanning beds at all cost! Tanning beds might be a quick fix for that tan you so desperately want, but do not make a habit out of using tanning salons!

Don’t burn! There’s a difference between a healthy tan and burn. People will often bake a little too long in the sun in hopes of getting a darker and richer tan; however, the best-looking tans come from many short sessions of sun exposure with the proper skin protection

Examine your skin every month for any blemishes or marks that may look suspicious.

Make sure to wear a hat or protective covering if you are spending long periods in the sun.

The sun is strongest between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm! Remember to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade if you are active outside during those hours.

And remember to always wear sunscreen 🙂