Here Comes the Sun
Ahhh… there’s nothing like the feel of the sun on your skin. But, if you love the sun, please do safely.
Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer — and it’s also to blame for up to 90 percent of the visible signs of aging. But you don’t have to shun the sun completely. Just be smart about the time you spend outside on sunny days.
Block it out
Wear sunblock with SPF 30 or higher — every day and on everybody part that’s not covered by your clothes. And remember, if you can see the light through the shirt you’re wearing, UV rays can get through too.
Don’t let the forecast fool you
You don’t have to be at the beach to burn, and summer’s not the only time when sun safety matters. Sun damage adds up day after day — even when it’s cloudy — so make sun protection part of your everyday routine.
Check your shadow
Try and avoid prolonged sun exposure during the hours when your shadow is shorter than you (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.). That’s when the sun’s harmful rays are at their strongest — and it’s time to head for the shade, if possible. If it is not possible, then please make sure you are properly protected.
Know the warning signs of skin cancer
When found early, skin cancer is curable. An annual exam by a dermatologist is a crucial part of an early detection strategy. See your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- An open sore or bump that itches, bleeds, crusts over and then repeats for more than three weeks.
- A red, irritated patch on the skin.
- A shiny bump of any color.
- A pink growth with an elevated border and a crusted indentation in the center or a growth that looks like a wart.
- A scar-like area where the skin is shiny and tight.
- Asymmetry, uneven borders, more than one color, large diameter or changes to moles — these are the signs of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Taking the above simple steps to protect yourself can make a big difference. For more sun-safe tips, check out this website.