Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer
Summer is here and as we begin to spend more time outdoors it is important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. UV rays from the sun and tanning beds are a couple of the main causes of skin cancer. Here are some ways you can limit your risk.
• Minimize sun exposure by staying indoors during the peak part of the day and by seeking shade when you are outside.
• Apply an SPF of at least 30 to all skin, including your face and ears. Reapply every two hours and more frequently when swimming.
• Wear clothes that cover your skin. Hats, long sleeved sun shirts, pants, and sunglasses work well to limit harmful exposure.
• Some medications increase sun sensitivity. It’s best to exercise caution and avoid the sun while taking these medications.
• Remember to follow protective measures even when it is cloudy.
• Avoid tanning beds. Try self-tanner or spray tans instead.
• Check your skin regularly for any changes.