Sometimes nothing is better than feeling a warm ray of sunshine absorb into your skin, especially during the summer time. But what happens when a little sun becomes too much? Limiting UV exposure is one the most effective ways to prevent all skin cancers. Here are a few simple reasons why it’s important and how you can practice sun safety.

Why You Should Practice Safe Sun

According to CDC, over exposure to UV rays can potentially cause damage to your bodies’ largest organ in as little as fifteen minutes. Despite the popular misconception, UV ray damage that can lead to skin cancer shows no preference to age, race or gender. Although it may seem that developing cancerous cells from excess exposure to UV rays are uncommon, you may need to think again.

“With nearly twenty Americans dying from melanoma on a daily basis, skin cancer is the most COMMON cancer in the United States. 9,500 people in the US are diagnosed with cancer every day” (American Dermatology Academy).

Your skin needs protection from the sun to reduce the possibility of skin cancer. These habits are almost too easy to do, why not keep health your number one priority and practice simple steps to help avoid this common disease?

Ways to Practice Sun Safety

  1. SEEK SHADE: Sunrays are the strongest during the hours of 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Do your best to avoid sitting in direct sun during these hours and seek shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter. Being in the shade is a very effective way to avoid over exposure.
  • WHAT YOU WEAR MATTERS: Long sleeve shirts, pants, sunglasses and wide brimmed hats offer fantastic protection from the sun. The material of the clothes you wear is also important when it comes to the sun protection factor. “Clothes made from tightly woven fabric work best” (CDC). Sunglasses serve as efficient protection for the delicate skin around the eyes and can also reduce the risk of cataracts. 
  • SUNSCREEN: Put on sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or higher before heading outside. They contain ingredients that work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. Remember to reapply after about 2 hours of sun exposure to remain protected. Be sure to check the expiration date of the sunscreen to ensure its efficacy.

With these simple tips, skin cancer prevention is much easier than you think. Sun safety should be a top priority on everyone’s daily skincare/healthcare routine.

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