Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Help Reduce Your Risk for Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, accounting for 75 percent of all cancer diagnoses. The good news is most skin cancer can be prevented by following some simple steps to help protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays.

• Try to avoid midday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) sun whenever possible. This is when the sun is at its strongest.

• If you do find yourself outside during these peak hours, find some shade and cover up with protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection and loose-fitting, light colored clothing.

• Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher and apply it at least 30 minutes before heading outside.

• Be sure to apply sunscreen to all skin that will be exposed, including often forgotten areas like the scalp, lips and feet.

• Reapply every two to three hours. SPF value decreases if a person sweats a lot or swims, so reapplication is essential.

Your family can still enjoy fun in the sun without harming your skin. Be sure to follow these simple tips and tell your doctor if you find any spot that you feel is unusual.

To find a doctor at GBMC, visit http://www.gbmc.org/.

To view all of our stories from May's Living Healthy, Living Well please click here.

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