Summer is finally here and tanning season comes along with it. Unfortunately most people aren’t aware of the skin cancer risks that sun tanning brings. So if you are planning on hitting the beach or swimming pool this summer take into account these few and easy-to-follow tips to avoid the appearance of melanoma. And first of all you must know that the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as “part of a complete sun protection regime”.
Here is the list of tips that the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention gives to prevent melanoma:
Do not burn or tan:
The ultraviolet light from the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling, that’s why it is recomended to avoid intentional tanning and tanning beds.
Seek shade to avoid skin cancer:
Avoid sunlight exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., that’s when sun’s rays are the strongest.
Wear protective clothing:
Long-sleeved shirts and pants, and wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses are the best clothes to wear against sun rays.
Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it every two hours.
Be extra cautious near water, snow and sand:
These surfaces can increase your chance of sunburn because they reflect the damaging rays of the sun.
Examine your skin once a month:
An early detection of melanoma can save lifes, so you should evaluate new or changing spot.
The sun is one of your fearest enemy when it comes to skin cancer. We know and understand that getting tanned is part of a beauty routine nowadays and when summer comes it’s almost mandatory to lay down and get hit by the sun rays. But this practice is quite dangerous, and visiting tanning beds during the year increases the risk.
Although ultraviolet rays are the main cause of skin cancer it is not the only one. Check out how you can get this disease:
- A family history: If someone in your family has had melanoma your risk of having it too increases 50 percent more than for an average person.
- A blistering sunburn: It only takes one in your childhood or adolescence to double your chances of developing melanoma later in life.
- Using tanning beds: Those who use tanning beds are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma and have a 69 percent increased risk for early-onset basal cell carcinoma than those who have never tanned indoors.
- Fair skin or light eyes: Pale skin contains less melanin which is what protects the skin from the sun. People with light blue or green eyes have more possibilities of developing ocular and eyelid melanomas.
- Living in a sunny or high-altitude area: Tropical climates and areas placed 1,000 feet above sea level are more exposed to strong UV radiation.
You can get the sun’s vitamin D through a healthy diet or vitamin supplements, so no need to expose your skin to the dangers or UV rays. And instead of using tanning beds all year long try to mantain your summer glow through winter with these easy tips. And remember: always use sunscreen!