Summertime, hot temperatures and fun-in-the-sun days are here. With longer days, it’s only natural to get out in the sun and soak up the vitamin D.
In this issue, we’ll talk about how you can protect your skin this summer from damage and skin cancer.
How common is skin cancer?
The American Cancer Society confirms that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. In fact, the number of new skin cancer cases diagnosed each year outpaces those of all other forms of cancer – combined.
It’s the ultraviolet (UV) rays that do the damage. UV rays from the sun and other resources (tanning beds) are the leading cause of skin cancer. It can also lead to eye damage and premature wrinkling.
What can I do to prevent damage to my skin and skin cancer?
Your best bet is to shield your skin. Whether you do it by clothing or sunscreen, or a combination of both, making the effort is definitely worth it.
With that in mind, to limit your chances of skin damage or developing skin cancer, be sure to:
- Wear enough clothing – including a wide-brimmed hat – so that as much skin as possible is covered;
- Apply a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher when you’re in the sun, and be vigilant about reapplying it every two (2) hours…as well as after you swim or sweat;
- Limit the time when you’re exposed to the sun’s rays, which are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m…in other words, take plenty of shade breaks; and
- Stay away from tanning beds and sunlamps.
Learn more about how to protect your skin by calling us here at Sadrian Plastic Surgery, Laser And Skin Care Institute of San Diego
Skin cancer is definitely bad news. But, the good news is that there are steps for preventing it. To learn more, get in touch with us here at Sadrian Plastic Surgery, Laser and Skin Care Institute in San Diego.
Our number is 858-457-1111 or you can reach us online.