Fun in the Sun
As summer draws to a close, chances are most of us were able to enjoy the sun at some point. But with all the Vitamin D you were soaking up, were your protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays? Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
It is recommended that you apply a minimum of SPF 15 as a part of a complete sun protection regimen. Sunscreen is not enough, however, and The Skin Cancer Foundation adds these prevention tips:
Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Do not burn.
Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
For extended outdoor activity, use 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 30 minutes before going outside.Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
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