Skinformation Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, and rates continue to rise. At least 100,000 new cases are now diagnosed each year, and the disease kills over 2,500 people each year in the US – that’s seven people every day.
These are scary numbers, yet every day people go outside without sunscreen or proper protection. Children are especially susceptible to the sun. Men tend to get skin cancer more so than women. It’s not clear if men don’t use sunscreen or just don’t get it checked out.
Encourage everyone you know to get a yearly screening at a Dermatologist. It’s a prevention that could save your life! A good esthetician will also keep you informed of any issues that should be checked out.
UV exposure is the main preventable cause of skin cancer, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe in the sun:
Clothing should always be your first line of defense against damage from the sun, with sunscreen being used in addition to clothes, including a hat, t-shirt and UV protective sunglasses.
Find the right sunscreen
Use a sunscreen of SPF30 (SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor’) and refers to the level of protection against UVB radiation, linked to skin cancer. Look for a four or ideally five star UVA rating on the bottle which will help protect from UVA radiation, associated with skin aging. You may also find that the UVA rating is represented by the letters ‘UVA’ inside a circle. Keep babies and toddlers out of direct sunlight.
Get your timing right
Skin needs time to absorb sunscreen, so apply generously about 20 to 30 minutes before going out. Reapply frequently at least every two hours, as it can come off when sweating or through rubbing.
The sun tends to be strongest in the middle of the day, so find some shade typically between 11 am and 3 pm, especially if you are very fair skinned. Just 10 minutes of strong sunshine is all it takes to burn pale skin