According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. And 1 person dies of melanoma every hour!
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells which most commonly develops in areas of skin exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. With prevention and early detection, though, skin cancer is highly treatable. MORE HEALTH wants you to make good decisions when it comes to skin protection. Learn more from these resources.
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM
- Do not burn
- 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 immediately after swimming or excessive sweating
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month
- See your dermatologist every year for a professional skin exam