Happy June, Happy Summer! As the good weather is finally upon is with all kinds of outdoor activities, I would like to remind you of the following.
Did you know?
This month is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month. There are several types of skin cancer. The difference in the kinds of skin cancer depends on the type of skin cells that the tumor arises from. Over 1.3 million new skin cancer cases will be diagnosed this year in the U.S. The sun’s UV rays are 90% of the cause of all skin cancers. Any one is at risk for skin cancer. Prevention is key for reducing the risks of getting skin cancer.
- The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higher. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen is not the only preventative measure, but it is an important one.
- Seek shade while outside in the sun, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. Do not let your skin burn if possible. Cover up with clothing, and use a broad-brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses.
- Apply one ounce or two tablespoons of sunscreen to the sun exposed parts on your body 30 minutes prior to going outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and immediately after swimming or excessively sweating.
- Self-examine your skin from head-to-toe every month. Also, see your physician every year for skin exam and dermatology referral if indicated.
Lois Bartels, ACNP, Parish Nurse