Have the Upper Hand Against Skin Cancer!
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
Skin cancer may be the most common cancer in America to date, but this doesn’t mean you are most likely to get it. With the right measures, skin cancer may be prevented. Make the most of the spring season with good health by keeping tabs on these skin cancer-repelling tips!
The sun is your “frenemy”.
The sun can be great news to everyone; who just doesn’t love the warmth and comfort it brings? However, too much of it can come with a dangerous exchange. Among the individuals in America who are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, about 90 percent of them may have gotten the condition through the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. This shows that the sun can cause its fair share of harmful effects aside from the wrinkling, leathering, and premature aging that it brings to the skin.
Wipe that frown off your face; you can still get some sun without attracting any harm by following these simple rules:
- Find shade between 10 AM and 4 PM.
The sun’s rays can be the most harmful in between such times. When outdoors, seek shaded areas, such as under a roof or a tree. Better yet, carry a sun umbrella with you when basking under the sun.
- Do not burn your skin.
It could be tempting to get some color after the harsh winds of winter, yet even a single sunburn can add up to your chances of developing melanoma, which is the most life-threatening form of skin cancer. What more can five or more sunburns do? With this, don’t wait until your skin reddens to take cover when staying under the sun. Additionally, wear appropriate apparel that can protect your skin from the sun. Even simple long-sleeved shirts and jeans will do just fine. More importantly, applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can greatly add up to the protection you need.
- Ditch your trip to tanning salons.
Even when you’re not under the sun, getting a tan through tanning salons can still increase your risk of getting skin cancer. Some salons may claim to emit safe radiations, but high-pressure ones may even emit ultraviolet doses that are 12 times stronger than that of the sun.
Just love the sun? You could be at risk for skin cancer. Get a full skin cancer screening today by giving us a call at (312) 971-6902!
Posted in: Skin Cancer