Skin cancer is becoming a growing concern for people all over the world, including Asia. There are five pretty simple things you can do to avoid skin cancer.
Sometimes you need to be outside when it is sunny. You may want to spend a day at the beach. You may want to lay out and bathe in the warm – it feels like a good warm blanket. You may need to be outside, in the sun, for work reasons. The best thing to do in all of these situations is to apply sunscreen. When choosing a sunscreen make sure it has a protection factor of at least 15. It is also a good idea to choose a sunscreen with both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protection. Don’t forget to re-apply every two hours or after swimming.
Remember, sunscreen is great protection, but is should be used in conjunction with other forms of protection. Also, it is advised that you check with your doctor before applying sunscreen to your baby.
2.Find a Hat
Wearing a hat is a simple way to keep those harmful ultraviolet rays off your skin. Choose a hat that has at least a two to three inch brim. A wide brim protects your eyes, neck, forehead, scalp, and ears. Make certain your hat has a fine weave or is made from one piece of material. Straw hats can give the illusion of protection but let the dangerous ultraviolet rays in through a relaxed weave. Wearing a hat is a great addition to your arsenal, when trying to avoid skin cancer. Don’t forget to get a hat that is comfortable. You will probably take your hat off if it is uncomfortable to wear.
3.Choose What You Wear Wisely
When you are getting ready for a day in the sun make sure to wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible. When you are choosing your clothes keep in mind that darker clothes and tightly woven fabrics are best. Two of the best fabrics for protecting you from skin cancer are silk and polyester. There is another trick you can use to reduce your chances of skin cancer: wash your clothes in an SPF 30 solution.
4.Protect Your Eyes
When building your arsenal against skin cancer don’t forget your eyes. The skin cancer that affects your eyes is known as ocular skin cancer. Your eyes are one of your greatest assets, so taking care of your eyes is important. The best protection for your eyes is a pair of sunglasses that block out both UVA and UVB light. Make certain that the sunglasses you choose wrap around to give protection to the sensitive skin around your eyes. Check to make sure they effectively block out 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
5.Your Lips Need Protection
You don’t want skin cancer of the lips. Some people make the mistake of thinking lipstick will protect them: think again. Some lipsticks or lip gloss’s can actually intensify your exposure by magnifying the UV rays. Look for lip balms or lipsticks with a SPF rating of at least 30. Make certain they protect from both UVA and UVB rays; and, don’t forget to reapply every two hours and after swimming.
Other Ways To Protect Yourself
Monitor your moles – you should monitor your existing moles often. Look for any change in your moles. Are they changing in color, shape, size or feel? If you notice these type of changes you should talk to your doctor. You should also check for new moles. A new black mole should be examined by your doctor.
Avoid Artificial Tanning – tanning beds, tanning booths, and any other artificial light producing instrument made to tan skin should be avoided. They are very dangerous.
Watch out for reflected sunlight – reflected sunlight is magnified, so take extra precautions. Some examples of reflected sunlight are water, snow, ice, and reflective objects such as aluminum.
Try not to get sunburned – when your skin is sunburned it is damaged. This weakens your skin and makes it more susceptible to skin cancer. Sunburned skin may not show signs of skin cancer for decades. Be aware, if you are sunburned five or six times your chances of getting skin cancer are doubled.
Yes, it is a pain to protect yourself and your children from the sun. But it is important to your overall life experience. You don’t want skin cancer now or in the future. You don’t want to watch your children suffer from skin cancer either.
Following the simple aforementioned steps can ensure that you have one less struggle. Life is full of struggles, so take the time and effort to eliminate those you can, like skin cancer. You matter and your children matter.