While basking in the sun is relaxing and fun (especially after an extended winter season this year), it can also be dangerous to your health. Skin cancer is common and quite dangerous. It is the most common form of cancer in the United States and over two million people are diagnosed annually. Even more startling, sun exposure is the primary cause of over 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer case reports in the United States.
Some people are at a higher risk for developing the disease. These risks include:
- Having a large number of moles on your body
- Red or blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin and freckles
- Difficulty tanning and skin that burns easily
- Family history of skin cancer
- Taking medication that increases sun sensitivity
Use these prevention techniques while you are out in the sun:
- Avoid getting a sunburn while outside
- Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its peak in the sky
- Wear clothes made of tightly woven fabrics and a hat that shields your face, neck and ears.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your retinas and prevent the development of cataracts.
- Use sunscreen that is at least SPF 15, applying it all over your body and lips.
- Do not use tanning bed; they are just as damaging as natural sunlight.
Following these tips can help you and your family enjoy the sunny weather safely.
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