By Robert K. Dyer, MD Dermatology, LLC
September 19, 2014
Summer’s arrival means it’s time for swimming, picnics, vacations—and sunburns. While enjoying the outdoors this season, don’t forget to the take the necessary steps to protect you and your family from overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Studies have revealed that too much sun can have serious consequences on one’s health, including skin spots, wrinkles and even worse, skin cancer.
Alarming skin cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society:
- Skin cancer is the most common—and most preventable—type of cancer.
- Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
- More than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
- One in five Americans will develop a form of skin cancer during a lifetime.
The good news is that skin cancer is very preventable if you take the time to practice proper sun safety.
A few easy ways to protect your skin while still enjoying the summer sun:
- Limit midday sun. The sun’s rays are the strongest and most dangerous during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Stay away from tanning beds. Indoor tanning lamps emit UVA and UVB rays which contribute to skin damage and skin cancer.
- Seek shade. If you will be spending an extended amount of time in the sun, find a shaded area for relief from the rays.
- Cover up. Wear sunglasses and protective clothing, such as hats. If you burn easily, light fitting, long sleeve shirts and long pants can provide added protection
- Use sunscreen. Always wear sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and with SPF 30 or higher, even on overcast days. Reapply at least every two hours or more often when swimming or sweating.
- Protect children. Babies under six months of age should be kept our of direct sunlight. Always apply sunscreen to children, and reduce sun exposure by wearing hats and protective clothing.
Although the facts about skin cancer’s prevalence are alarming, you can take simple steps to take care of your skin this summer. Taking necessary precautions to protect your skin now can help you prevent wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer down the road.
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