Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved Advice for Practicing Safe Sun.

 

+ Seek the shade. Especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm when the sun is at it’s strongest.

+ Do not burn.A person’s risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, doubles if they’ve had 5 or more sunburns at any point in life.  

+ Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. UV radiation from tanning machines is known to cause cancer in humans. Indoor UV tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than those who have never tanned indoors.

+ Cover up with clothingIncluding a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection, so make the most of it with densely woven and bright or dark-colored fabrics which offer the best defense.

+ Use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. Make sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day with at least 5% Zinc Oxide. For extended outdoor activity a water-resistant broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

+ Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body. Do this 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

+ Keep newborns out of the sun. This is because their skin is extremely vulnerable. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months. Children are very sensitive to ultraviolet radiation. Just one severe sunburn in childhood doubles the chances of developing melanoma later in life.

+ Self-examine your skin from head to toe each month. While this should not replace your annual skin exam with your physician, it does offer the best chance of detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer. 

+ See your dermatologist every year for a professional skin examEarly detection is vital when it comes to diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Schedule an appointment with us today! 

++ If you notice anything new, suspicious, or changing get it checked by your provider immediately! ++

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