BURNING & TANNING
This is a big no no.
Nearly 90% of melanomas are thought to be caused by over exposure to UV light, both from natural and artificial sources. Meaning, protect your skin and stay away from tanning beds!
Get outdoors — we love nature.
Just protect yourself and seek shade when the sun’s rays are the strongest — between 10am and 4pm. Our mantra? Shirt. Hat. Shade. Splat! Wear clothing and lather up.
WHAT TO WEAR?
In this case, more is more.
Wear protective clothing such as a long sleeved shirt and pants and wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. The more exposure your skin has to the sun, the more risk.
CHECK YOUR SPF
30+ and check the label.
Did you know sunscreen expires? Indeed. Usually within a year. 30+ SPF is recommended in addition to clothing. Lather generously and often (every 2 hours).
WATER, ICE, SAND.
Have you ever been sun burned while snow skiing? Surprisingly, water, snow and sand are surfaces that reflect the damaging rays of the sun increasing your chance of sunburn. Use extra caution, sunscreen and clothing.
Examine your skin monthly.
Schedule frequent skin screenings by a dermatologist — early detection of melanoma can save your life. What to look for? Check out the A B C D E Fs of cancer detection here.
Have an unusual mole or spot?
Get it checked right away. There are numerous treatment options available to skin cancer patients. Consult with your doctor on the best plan of attack.
Definitely a no-go.
UV radiation emitted from tanning beds is classified as a cause of skin cancer by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.