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Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Traditionally the month of July is the warmest month of the year. There are countries in their winter months in July, but worldwide July is hot in many countries around the globe. With that in mind I wanted to share some Skin Cancer Prevention tips with you.

With that in mind I wanted to share some Skin Cancer Prevention tips with you. Please use these YEAR-ROUND, not just in the summer months. It can save your life....

Skin Cancer Prevention

Protect Yourself With a Complete Approach

Skin cancer prevention requires a comprehensive approach to protecting yourself against harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. 

That’s because UV radiation from the sun isn’t just dangerous, it’s also sneaky. Not only can it cause premature aging and skin cancer, it reaches you even when you’re trying to avoid it – penetrating clouds and glass, and bouncing off of snow, water and sand. What’s more, sun damage accumulates over the years, from prolonged outdoor exposure to simple activities like walking the dog, going from your car to the store and bringing in the mail.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.

  • Don’t get sunburned.

  • Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds.

  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

  • Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad- spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.

  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months.

  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

  • See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.

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