Sun Safety and Skin Cancer

Did you know that the sun can cause damage to your skin within the first 15 minutes of exposure? Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Research estimates that nonmelanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, affects more than 3 million Americans a year.

Although there are numerous ways to protect yourself from the sun’s damage, one must not forget the application of good old sunscreen, with a recommended SPF of 30 or higher. The sunscreen must be a broad-spectrum sunscreen, I.e. protect from both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of 30 or higher. Continuous exposure to UV radiation greatly increases the risk of skin cancer in a matter of minutes. A sunscreen with an SPF 15 simply doesn’t offer enough UV protection from the harsh Florida sun. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. 

Choose a sunscreen which offers some form of water resistance, to be able to withstand your sweat. 

In addition to sunscreen, it is important to protect your skin from the ultraviolet UV rays. Preventive clothing with long sleeves reduces the risk of skin cancer. Make sure you select long-sleeved shirts made of breathable material. Protective clothing is available in a wide range of stores across the country. 

Wear a wide-brim hat and sunglasses that can make sure you protect your eyes. 

With the ever-increasing number of skin cancer cases in the United States, and over 3 million Americans affected every year, staying sun safe is the absolute need of the hour. 

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