Stay safe in the summer with protection measures
“A summer’s sun is worth the having,” is a famous French proverb. However, if we are not careful, the sun could become our enemy. Its harmful ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays can not only wreak havoc with our skin and eyes, they could also cause lasting damage including skin cancers.
According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are reported to have skin cancer in the USA each year than all other cancers put together. One in five Americans is estimated to fall victim to skin cancer by the time they are 70. Exposure to UV radiation from the sun is the cause of about 90 percent of non-melanoma cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas, The Foundation says.
While you enjoy yourself in the sun, skin protection for you and your family should be a priority. The regular use of a sunscreen has been shown to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. A broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen can reduce ultraviolet rays and protect the skin, Proper application on the sun exposed skin and reapplication every 2 hours, especially when you are going out, is a must.
Seeking shade in the form of sunglasses, a hat or scarf, or umbrella or simply by being under a roof or tree is recommended especially when the sun is harsh.
Taking these measures now to protect your skin will pay off in the future as it decreases your risk of having skin cancer.