The summer season is about to be upon us and that will hopefully mean plenty of warm weather and sunshine to fancy us folks in the northern hemisphere. Summer will mean that you’ll find yourself outdoors more, enjoying the beauty that comes with the season. And while the sun provides plenty of reason to get excited about, it also means that one will have to take appropriate steps in order to avoid the dangers brought on by the sun.
There are many ways in which one can prevent skin cancer, from clothing articles, to sitting in the shade, to simply applying and re-appling sunscreen. One can never be too cautious when it comes to health, and protecting the skin is no different.
Frankly, skin cancer can develop anywhere on the skin; this means that you will not only want to monitor every bit of it (even the hard to reach places), but also practice methods of prevention. Look for moles that look darker and abnormal for the rest, never hesitating to visit a dermatologist if you think something may be peculiar. Catching problems early may make all the difference. Prevention is vital and here are some helpful tips to prevent the malady that is skin cancer.
Skin cancer affects everybody-no matter the skin pigment. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor with most skin cancers, including melanoma. When it comes to being in the sun, an appropriate sunscreen is highly advised. Make sure to go with a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Also make sure to select a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection.
Applying sunscreen every time you go outside is recommended, even on cloudy days. It is advised to re-apply it every two hours and after sweating or swimming.
It may be tempting to go to a park and soak in the sun without one bit of shade. Believe me when I tell you that the shade is your friend, especially when the sun’s rays are at their strongest between 10 AM and 2 PM. Shade is a perfect remedy against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
As stated before, skin cancer can affect any part of the skin; keep this in mind when you are gallivanting about during the summer season. Make sure to wear long sleeved shirts, pants, wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, and other protective clothing from the sun whenever possible. While sunscreen is great, it can wear off or forgotten to be re-applied. Protective clothing from the sun can be a great way to prevent skin cancer.