The development of skin cancer is certainly a risk for any individual, but particularly for those of us who spend time in the outdoors. As summer approaches it’s important to keep in mind that by taking certain steps to protect yourself from the sun, you can safely enjoy your time outside. The following recommendations from the Skin Cancer Foundation tell you how.
“The public needs to know that we are experiencing a skin cancer epidemic,” says Dr. Perry Robbins, founder and president of the Skin Cancer Foundation. “We encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, but we want them to do it safely. By following our basic sun protection tips, you can enjoy outdoor activities and keep your skin healthy at the same time.”
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Do not allow your skin to burn.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to all exposed areas 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin from head to toe every month.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.