Separate myth from fact in order to safely enjoy some fun in the sun this summer.
While the summer sun can be so inviting, it can also be dangerous. So, it’s important to be sun-smart in order to be safe. Here are a few facts to keep in mind.
1. Exposure to the sun is associated with skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, approximately 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma cases are linked to sun exposure. That means sun safety is an issue to take seriously.
2. Sunscreen is a must. Follow the advice of the American Academy of Dermatology, and generously apply a water resistant broad-spectrum sunscreen that boasts an SPF or 30 or greater whenever you’re spending time outdoors. Wear sunscreen even if it’s cloudy or doesn’t feel especially hot, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
3. Dressing appropriately can help, too. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays, and clothing that offers UV protection to help block the harmful rays of the sun.
4. It’s wise to avoid peak sun exposure. The hottest part of the day is typically between noon and 5 p.m. If you’re going to exercise or spend extended time outdoors, try to do it before or after this period.
5. Skin cancer screening can save a life. Monitoring moles and having a skin cancer screening can help detect possible problems early. The American Cancer Society recommends that people age 20 and older have a skin cancer screening as part of periodic health exams.
Learn more about skin cancer from the Medical Center of Lewisville’s online Health Information page. To discuss when you should be screened or to schedule a skin cancer screening, call your doctor or dermatologist. If you need to find a doctor, use our online Find a Physician service or call us at 855-880-4MCL (4625).