Protecting your skin is a concern whenever and whenever you’re outside. Skin cancer safety is a critical aspect of living a healthy lifestyle.
Skin cancer is the most frequent malignancy in the United States, per the American Academy of Dermatology, with one in every five Americans contracting the condition at some point in their life.
Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, the two most prevalent skin malignancies, are extremely curable if discovered early. Melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer, but it, too, can be effectively treated if caught early enough before cancer worsens to the lymph nodes.
But don’t be concerned. By taking a few measures, you can still enjoy the beautiful weather outside. That’s why we’ve put together this useful guide on lowering your risk of skin cancer while still having fun in the sun.
Incorporating sunscreen into your regular skincare routine is one of the simplest ways to lower your risk of skin cancer. When the UV Index is anticipated to be 3 or above, sunscreen should be used every day. In order to generate the ideal protective barrier, sunscreen should be used 20 minutes before UV exposure. It should be placed to clean, dry skin generously and evenly. A 5mL application for each leg, arm, body front and back, and face is advised for an adult. For a full-body application, that works out to 35mL. When spending time outside, sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours, regardless of the sunscreen’s water resistance.
Check Your Skin
You may notice a suspicious-looking mole or growth on your body. As a result, it’s essential to check your skin on a frequent basis. Keep an eye out for scaly patches, dome-shaped growths, and moles that don’t change when you examine your skin. Some moles are much more likely than others to develop malignantly. If you see any of the above, or if your skin is unpleasant, itchy, or bleeding, you should get your skin checked by a specialist. Skin cancer is, fortunately, treatable, especially if found early.
Avoid Indoor Tanning
Indoor tanning (darkening the skin using a tanning bed, booths, sunbed, or sunlamp) exposes users to high quantities of UV radiation. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation may cause many skin diseases. When UV rays reach a particular layer of the skin, the skin produces more melanin. It progresses to the outer layers of the skin, where it appears as a tan. Any variation in skin color as a result of UV exposure (whether a tan or a burn) indicates harm rather than health. Indoor tanning, as a result, can result in significant harm. Every year, it sends over 3,000 individuals to the emergency department due to accidents and burns.
When you’re outside, the best protection for your skin is to wear safety clothing. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and skirts wherever feasible to protect yourself from UV radiation. If this style of attire isn’t practicable, opt for a T-shirt or a beach cover-up instead. The finest protection comes from clothing constructed of densely woven fabric. A damp T-shirt provides far less UV protection than one that is dry, and darker colors may provide greater protection than lighter hues. Some apparel has been certified as UV-protective by international standards.
Wear a hat with a brim that completely shadows your face, ears, and back of your neck for the most protection. To prevent your skin from UV radiation, use a tightly woven material like canvas. Avoid wearing straw hats having holes that allow light to get through. A hat with a deeper color may provide additional UV protection.
Look for a Shade
Staying in the shade beneath an umbrella, tree, or another cover can help you avoid UV damage and skin cancer. This is crucial when the sun is at its brightest. If your shadow is shorter than you, then the sun’s rays are at their harshest, and you should seek shelter.
UV ray protection is vital all year, not only in the summer. It may cause early aging and skin cancer, and it can even reach you while you’re trying to avoid it by piercing clouds and glass, as well as bouncing off the snow, water, and sand. Furthermore, sun damage increases over time, even from basic tasks such as walking the dog or moving from the car to the shop.