Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer
July 27, 2021
Did you know that most cancers are caused by too much exposure to the sun and UV radiations? To add to this, UV rays don’t just come from the sun but also from a wide range of artificial sources like tanning beds and sunlamps too. If this makes you wonder how much sun is too much sun and how to protect your skin from the risk of skin cancer, keep reading.
UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. They not only cause skin cancer but can also lead to premature ageing of the skin. This damage does not happen overnight (or day). The damage caused by the sun accumulates over the years from prolonged outdoor exposure to activities such as dog walking, outdoor games, etc. That means, although most skin cancer occurs later in life, the real damage begins from childhood. So, how can you protect yourself from the sun?
Skin cancer can be prevented to a large extent with a simple solution – Sunscreen. Make sure you use sunscreen every time you step outside, even if it is cloudy. Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Water-resistant sunscreens with a higher SPF tend to stay for longer periods of time. Apply at least one ounce or 2 tablespoons of sunscreen before you step out. It is highly advisable to use lip balm or lipsticks with SPF factor as well.
Besides using sunscreen, the following are a few things to always keep in mind to protect yourself from skin cancer:
- Avoid getting directly exposed to the sun, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Try to wear clothes that cover you up from head to toe. Long sleeves, full pants and skirts, hats’ etc are our friends.
- Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement, they protect your eye against the harsh sun.
- Avoid indoor tanning.
- Check your skin regularly. Any changes in texture or appearance of moles should be taken seriously and consulted with a doctor.
- Make sure you visit a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often if you are sweating a lot.
Preventing skin cancer by protecting yourself demands an extensive approach. Along with following the above tips, never stop yourself from going to a doctor in case you find anything unnatural with your skin. Don’t forget, skin cancer, including melanoma (tumour associated with skin cancer) is curable if detected in the early stages.