Skin cancer is America’s most common cancer with approx. 9,500 diagnosed daily. Thankfully, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. According to the American Association to the American Association of Dermatology, the majority of melanoma cases are caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Even just one blistering sunburn can nearly double your chance of developing melanoma.
UV radiation from the sun is not only dangerous, it is also sneaky. Penetrating clouds and glass, or bouncing off of snow and sand, UV rays can irreversibly damage the skin. Even worse, sun damage accumulates over the years and causes premature skin aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
Protection from harmful UV rays is the best way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Here's what you can do to protect yourself:
Seek the shade, especially during peak UV hours (10am to 4pm).
Avoid getting a sunburn.
Avoid tanning and don't use tanning beds.
Wear protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Use broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF 30 or higher every day.
Get Vitamin D safely by using supplements rather than sun exposure.
Examine your skin frequently, at least once a month from head to toe.
Seek immediate professional attention if you find changes in moles (growth, irregularity, color changes, pain, or itching) or sores that do not heal.
By sharing these facts, we hope to encourage you to get your skin checked and protect yourself! If you need help finding the right sunscreen for your skin type, call us to schedule a complimentary consultation. Or you can conveniently shop your favorite SPF online and get it delivered straight to your doorstep!