As the weather gets better we have to remember to take care of our skin not only for ourselves but for our children. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer.In 2006, in the most recent study available, 3.5 million cases were diagnosed in 2.2 million people.” (Skin Cancer) Many of the reasons why more and more people are getting skin cancer is due to their sun exposure. Not understanding the proper ways to protect themselves they won’t be able to protect their own family. I learned more working for a Cancer hospital about the several types of skin cancers to where it affected the young and old. With it being Melanoma awareness month it only touches a special place in my heart for the physicians whom I worked with who treated this deadly disease for me to bring up simple ways you can protect yourself and your children. Skin Cancer is one disease that touches those of many races and backgrounds, so learn and protect yourself and those you love.
- Always wear sunscreen- It’s never too late to apply. You can never reverse sun damaged skin but you can change how you can protect it. You need to apply it daily, most makeup and daily moisturizers have them but it’s still not enough. Where most people fail is they apply but never over and over. You want broad-spectrum sunscreen UVA/ UVA protection.
- Use a hat- You want to use a wide-brimmed hat which will cover areas like the top of your head and ears. Hats are cool and are even a fashion statement.
- Protect your eyes- Just like your skin they can get damaged too.
- Wear sun protective clothing- While this might put a damper on how you may look it will protect you in the end. Get your kids rash guards that’s one way to help them get less exposure to their little bodies when they are swimming.
- Take in the Shade- When it just gets too hot take in some shade it will keep you cool and not too much sun exposure.
With these five simple steps, it will not only keep you better protected from the sun but you run less risk of getting some type of sun damage which can lead to skin cancer or even Melanoma. Women tend to neglect their neck and chest so you’d definitely want to make sure you’re using one of the good neck creams on the market. If you are looking for more information check out these websites or seek a health professional opinion (Dermatologist).
For more information about where to find out more information about Skin Cancer and protect yourself from the Sun, Check out these websites!
Keep Safe in the Sun!