Sun cancer is the most common form of cancer, with over 9,500 people diagnosed with it in the U.S. every day. But, despite its prevalence, skin cancer is largely preventable. By practicing skin cancer prevention now, you can start to lower your risk of developing it later in life.
Our top skin cancer prevention tips include:
Apply Sunscreen Daily.
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every morning to any exposed skin (ideally 30 minutes before going outside). Even if you’re spending the day indoors, the sun’s rays can reach your skin through the windows. Additionally, it’s important to apply sunscreen even on cloudy days, as the sun can still cause damage through the cloud.
If you’re spending the day outside, we recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours. This is especially true if you’re sweating or swimming!
Avoid The Sun’s Peak Hours.
The sun’s harsh UV rays are the most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you’re outside at this time of day, find shade and make sure to slather on sunscreen.
Cover Up With Clothing
While spending time outdoors, covering up exposed skin with clothing can give you excellent protection against UV-ray damage. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunscreen!
Avoid Indoor Tanning.
Just like tanning outdoors, indoor tanning with tanning beds, booths, or sunlamps exposes your skin to damaging UV rays. This increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
Attend an Annual Skin Examination.
Adults should schedule a skin cancer screening with a physician at least once annually to check for signs of skin cancer. It’s also recommended to perform a self-check of your skin once per month. Skin cancer can be more effectively treated when it’s discovered in its early stages.
To schedule your next skin exam, schedule an appointment at The Bowman Institute today.