It’s enjoyable to spend time outdoors…in any season. But the sun’s harmful rays can be damaging to your skin. Protection from the sun is important all year, not just during the summer or at the beach. The sun’s UV and UVB rays can affect you on cloudy, hazy days, as well as bright, sunny days. The rays also reflect off of surfaces like snow, water, cement and sand. Indoor tanning using tanning lamps or beds can also be extremely dangerous. Bombardment from these rays ages your skin, causes wrinkles, age spots and sometimes even skin cancer.
Here are ten tips about skin cancer and its prevention:
- The most common form of cancer is skin cancer – melanoma. Over one million people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with skin cancer. Many more go undiagnosed.
- Skin cancer is serious, but most skin cancers, if found early, are treatable.
- Common risk factors include regular sun exposure, pale skin, family history and being over the age of forty.
- People with many moles have a higher risk of melanoma, so have your moles checked yearly to see if they have changed in size, shape or color.
- Sunscreen helps block the damaging rays than can lead to skin cancer. But sun damage is cumulative. To be effective, sunscreen must be worn.
- Some sunscreen labels say they block UVB rays; others say they are broad based. Choose a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays because both are damaging to your skin. UVA rays penetrate the epidermis affecting the dermis beneath which causes your skin to age and can lead to skin cancer. UVB rays burn the epidermis and also lead to skin cancer lesions.
- Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
- Wear a wide brim hat when outside to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
- Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
- It’s critical as you age, to have your skin checked – all of it – at least once a year for any changes or abnormalities and to have any pre-cancerous lesions treated. Any new, changed or otherwise suspicious growths should be examined.
Make it a priority to take care of your skin, in every season. We have various cosmetic treatments available that can reduce the visible signs of aging caused by the sun. Call for a consultation, today: (414) 443-0033.