Along with fun in the sun comes serious health risks, which is why it’s important to follow proper steps to reduce your cancer risk.
Katherine Kennedy shares 5 simple steps on how to protect your skin from the sun.
On a beautiful sunny day, there’s nothing like being outside and having fun, whether it’s going for a bike ride, taking the kids to the park or heading out for a walk or run. But along with fun in the sun comes serious health risks, including skin cancer and premature aging resulting from exposure to the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays (both UVA and UVB). Although skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis, it is also the most preventable cancer if you take the proper steps to reduce your risk.
By following these 7 simple tips below, you can enjoy your time outside while protecting your skin from the sun.
Important note about Vitamin D: Recent research on the benefits of vitamin D (made by the skin from sunlight) indicates that just a brief exposure of your face, arms and hands to the sun is sufficient—about 15 minutes a day, three days per week. Talk to your health care professional about Vitamin D and your health.
Even one severe sunburn during childhood or teenage years can increase the risk of skin cancer later so it is important to protect your children’s skin. Children get nearly a quarter of their lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18. Protecting the skin during the first 18 years of life can reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78%.
Skin cancer is the most preventable cancer; therefore, it’s important to have your health care professional examine your skin once a year to stay healthy.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis, and it’s the most preventable cancer. This year, an estimated 68,000 people will be dianosed with melanoma–the most dangerous type of skin cancer–and nearly12,o00 will die of the disease. Every year, as many as two million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer.
That’s why it’s so important to have your health care professional examine your skin once a year, especially after age 50. Also, be sure to conduct a self-exam from head to toe at home at least once a month and report any suspicious skin area, non-healing sore or change in a mole or freckle to your physician.