Does sun really cause skin cancer?
- 86% of melanoma's, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from sun exposure or tanning beds
- UV light radiation is a proven carcinogen and is categorized as a cancer causing substance, like the carcinogens in tobacco products
- In fact, more people get skin cancer from UV rays than lung cancer from smoking
How can we detect skin cancer early?
- The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends yearly skin cancer checks by a board certified dermatologist.
- Dermatologists check every part of your skin, from head to toe, and help detect skin cancer early and also give you recommendations for self-examinations and sun protection
What are the best ways to care for and protect our skin in these hot summer months?
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin (and the rest of your body) well-hydrated
Skin functions best when it is well-hydrated
- Use sunscreen:
- Broad Spectrum that protects against UVA and UVB rays
- SPF of 30+
- Water resistant
- Wear protective clothing, like long sleeves shirts, broad brim hats and sunglasses
- Seek shade especially between 10 am - 2 pm when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- And of course, remember to have a yearly skin exam by a board certified dermatologist.
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