Skin Cancer is a Real Concern
Now that summer is officially in full swing, I would like to remind everyone the importance of using sunscreen while outdoors.
Skin cancer is the number one leading cancer in America. One in five people will get skin cancer in their lifetime.
There are four main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. The two main causes of skin cancer are the sun’s UV rays and UV tanning beds.
I want to stress the importance of using a high quality sunscreen and getting annual skin screenings. The good news, is if skin cancer is caught early, it is treatable and can often be eliminated entirely. A skilled dermatologist can determine if a mole or skin growth is precancerous before it progresses and remove it early. Often, if it goes too long without catching, it becomes more challenging to treat.
“The Skin Cancer Foundation advises everyone to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.” The Skin Care Foundation has a Seal of Recommendation on sunscreens it condones as safe and effective. The seal can also be found on clothing, hats, sunglasses, sunscreens, moisturizers, cosmetics, awnings and umbrellas.
Look for sunscreen lotions that do not contain harmful chemicals. Coola and Blue Lizard are excellent choices.
And yes, it’s important to wear sunscreen every time you go outside, all year long. Even on the cooler days, the sun is still strong.
Please visit The Skin Care Foundation
website for more details or for help finding a dermatologist near you. We would also be happy to make recommendations.