May is melanoma and skin cancer prevention month and with summer right around the corner, it’s important to know your risks when exposing yourself to the sun. One of the most important parts to staying safe is staying educated about the benefits of safe sun. Do you know the truth about your exposure? Here are a few answers to some safe sun myths you may have.
Myth # 1: MELANOMA AND SKIN CANCER ONLY HAPPENS TO OLDER PEOPLE.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, with over 3.5 million people diagnosed annually; Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for young people ages 15-29. Dermatologists are finding more and more cases of melanoma and skin cancer in patients who are in their late teens, showing that the disease is becoming prominent in younger generations.
Myth #2: I WON’T GET MY DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN D IF I WEAR SUNSCREEN.
UVB rays can still get through sunscreen, providing you with more than enough recommended Vitamin D. If you are still skeptical, try getting your Vitamin D from nutritious foods as well such as fish or eggs.
Myth #3: TANNING WILL MAKE MY SKIN LOOK HEALTHIER AND MORE FIRM.
Although it may be nice to have that summer glow for a while, continuous exposure in the sun could seriously damage the appearance of your skin in the long run. Some side effects of heavy exposure are wrinkles, blotchy or leathery looking skin and age spots. Still want that summer glow without the harmful effects? Try a sunless tanner, bronzer or a spray tan which is offered through many salons.
Myth #4: IF IT IS CLOUDY OUT, I DON’T NEED ANY SUNSCREEN.
To keep your skin safe, it is recommended that you wear a sunscreen with a UPF of at least 15 every day. As much as 80% of sun exposure is incidental, which means it occurs during times that you aren’t tanning, such as going for a walk.
Myth #5: I ONLY NEED TO APPLY SUNSCREEN ONCE A DAY TO KEEP MYSELF SAFE:
While outdoors, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Although waterproof sunscreen is protected from sweat and water, it is necessary to keep applying that as well.
Knowing the truth about safe sun can help you enjoy those sunny outdoor days in a safe and healthy way. Remember these facts and share them with friends to get a healthy glow the right way this year.