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Sunshine, Sunscreen and Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a serious threat in today’s society. The Skin Cancer Foundation continues to recommend that everyone wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher in order to protect the skin at all times. However, there are additional ways to prevent skin cancer that many people are unaware of. By learning more about how to prevent the skin condition, and protecting your skin, you can enjoy more outdoor time.

Cover Up

When going outdoors, be sure to cover up when you can. Use a hat to protect your eyes as well as skin from the sun. Use sunglasses to block the harmful rays of the sun as well as wearing clothing that will protect the skin on your arms and legs. Try to stay in shaded areas during the peak of the day to limit your exposure to the sun.

Avoid Tanning and Sunburn

It is also recommended that tanning is avoided. Individuals should not use UV tanning beds or tan outdoors due to the risk of skin cancer. When you are outdoors, it is important to use sunscreen and avoid sunburn. If you sunburn often, you are at a higher risk to develop skin cancer. By wearing sunscreen and avoiding purposely tanning, you will be better protected from skin cancer.

Examine Your Skin

On a regular basis, take time to examine your skin. Take note of new moles or spots on your skin as well as any growth to existing spots. You want to be sure that nothing has changed on your body. If you see a new growth or change, be sure to see your physician to ensure that skin cancer is not present.

Visit Your Physician

Adults should be visiting a doctor once a year to receive a checkup, including having your skin checked for cancer. If you are out in the sun often, it is important to have your skin reviewed once a year to make sure no problems are present.

Apply Sunscreen Continually When Outdoors

Whenever you are outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen to your body. Your face, arms, legs, head and ears all need to be covered with sunscreen. By having UV protection, you are lowering your risk of being susceptible to skin cancer.

Following the above tips can help to lower your risk of skin cancer. Talk to your physician to learn more about what you can do to lower your potential of getting skin cancer.