South Florida definitively skipped Spring, and we are well under the summer sun, including the summer (hurricane season) rain.
Despite the rain, we will have ample opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy the warmth of the season.
Taking advantage of sun bursting days, means that we have to care for ourselves, and our family. Before you make your way to the great sunny outdoors, prepare in one simple step to protect against the harmful effects of the sun .
One American dies of melanoma almost every hour. However, many people are still ignoring the serious repercussions of exposing their skin to UVA and UVB radiation without protection by going to tanning salons, sun bathing and not using sunscreen when out for long periods of time.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is by far the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United. Each year more than 1 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer and this trend appears to be increasing with each passing decade.
So what can you do to lower your risk for developing skin cancer? Below is a short list of simple tips and facts that you can consider. More importantly, they won’t interfere with your outdoor activities!
- Mid-day sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is considered to be the time of day when the sun is at its peak and when UV rays can be most harmful.
- Protect ears, eyes, face, and back of your neck, try wearing a hats with a brim. Don’t forget your sunglasses. Make sure they help to block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation.
- While traveling in the car, keep in mind that different suns rays can pass through the windshield and windows of your car, so it is important to wear sunscreen in the car too
Launched in 2009, the Choose Skin Health™ campaign’s mission is to help fight the skin cancer epidemic, educating and empowering the public to follow healthy sun-safe behaviors and take proper precautions against sun damage, The initiative was made possible through a partnership between Neutrogena® and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).
- Runners, swimmers, cyclists, walkers, and for anyone who plans to be outside should always try to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen frequently, especially if you are in the water or sweat a lot.
- Self Exam, An important part of promoting skin health is taking the time to follow a few simple, yet potentially life-saving steps. You can learn to identify suspicious moles, for example. To take advantage of an interactive exam, please click here
- Get educated: knowledge is your best weapon in the prevention and treatment of skin cancer. Take advantage of informative skin cancer resources available here
- Screen your skin: Early detection of skin cancer can save lives. Find a free skin cancer screening near you. A list of free skin cancer screening locations go here
Now that, THAT is taken care off, grab your hat, sunglasses and out we goooooo!
Happy Summer everyone!!!!
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