Why skin care is a crucial summer responsibility to avoid future skin cancer
Summer is finally here and in full effect. We know skin care is important and during these warm summer months you must pay extra attention to keeping your skin safe. Beauty and healthcare regimens must be evaluated to avoid future harmful skin conditions such as skin cancers. Healthcare should take priority over beauty and there are safe ways to get out and enjoy all those fun summer festivities.
There are a few things to keep in mind before you run off to the beach or pool. First off you need to understand the strength of UV rays in the summer are much higher. In fact, according to Ron Shelton, MD, FAAD, FAACS, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City the summer time makes up for 80 percent of UV exposure. Even cool, gloomy, cloudy summer days may fool you. Rays of the sun can penetrate light through clouds, mist and fog. Aside from skin, your eyes are another area that you need to focus on protecting. The National Eye Institute claims that over 20 million Americans over 40 years of age who have been exposed to prolonged ultraviolet rays were diagnosed with cataracts. If you would like to avoid any severe sun damage in your future you need to follow these steps now:
- Apply sunscreen lotion 14-30 minutes before exposure, make sure it has an SPF level of at least 15 and that it is water resistant
- Dress accordingly, make sure to wear a broad rim hat and garments made of unbleached cotton
- Wear sunglasses, preferably with UV protection and avoid translucent colors
Taking the above steps are essential in preventing long-term skin damage. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma, is strongly linked to excessive skin exposure to the sun and its UV rays. For those who are concerned with wrinkling as they age the above steps will help you avoid this as well. If you want healthy skin as you age, now is the time to act.
If you have been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer and would like to receive a medical second opinion to confirm your diagnosis and ensure you are on the optimal treatment path for recovery, contact us today .