Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States?
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. While many factors can increase your risk of developing skin cancer, there are also things you can do to help protect yourself from this serious disease. Here are seven ways to prevent skin cancer:
Apply a sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher
Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher. This will help protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. While the minimum recommended SPF rating is 30, the higher it is, the better. And, do not forget to reapply it every two hours. The effects of sunscreen wane after a couple of hours, so reapplying it is crucial.
Wear sun protective clothing
To protect the rest of your body from sun damage,wear sun-protective clothing. Some of the features that you should look for include:
- Dark or bright colored fabrics since they provide more UV protection
- Fabric with a dense weave since UV rays find it hard to penetrate them
- Long-sleeved shorts and trousers since they provide more coverage
Wear wide brim sun hats
Alongside sun protective clothing, it is ideal to wear wide-brim (3-inch) sun hats to give enough coverage for the most highly exposed areas of the skin - scalp, face, ears, and even neck. Try to look for sun hats that have a UPF rating of 50. It’s the highest UPF rating that you can get from fabric.
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Stay in the shade
If you’re spending tie outdoors, try to seek shade. And, ideally, try to avoid going out during times when the sun is at its most intense, which is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Avoid indoor tanning
Tanning exposes you to ultraviolet rays which raises your risk for premature aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer. There is no such thing as a good tan.
When UV rays reach the inner layer of the skin, the skin produces more melanin (it is the pigment that gives the skin its color). Changes in the skin after being exposed to UV radiation are a sign of damage.
If you want a nice tan, you are better off using a self-tanning product that you can use with sunscreen.
Sunburn is your body’s response to repair the damage to your skin because of UV radiation. Not only does getting a sunburn accelerates skin aging, but it also increases your risk for skin cancer, Just getting a sunburn five times or more doubles your risk for developing melanoma.
See a dermatologist at least once a year
Seeing a dermatologist at least once a year may help in keeping your skin in check. If there are any issues, you will be quick to address them. Should you have any abnormal lesions or suspicious moles, a professional eye will be able to take a look at them and be able to determine the best thing to do. Early detection is key.
Protect yourself with high-quality sun protective products
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Thanks for sticking with us! We know this is an important topic, so we wanted to make sure to give you the most comprehensive information possible. Now that you know how to prevent skin cancer, be sure to check out our blog for more sun safety tips.
Stay safe in the sun and enjoy the summer!