Did you know that May is national skin cancer detection and prevention month? An estimated 9,710 Americans will die this year due to melanoma. It is the most common type of cancer for young adults between 25 and 29 years old and the second most common for those ages 15 to 24.
Early detection is extremely important with skin cancer since it is often very treatable if you identify it early. For people who enjoy spending a lot of time outside gardening, swimming, walking, and engaging in other outdoor activities during the beautiful spring and summer months, it is particularly important to be aware of the risks of skin cancer and how to protect yourself.
Here are 6 things you can do to protect yourself if you are interested in preventing skin cancer during the hot, sunny days of spring and summer.
1. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing.
2. Use sunscreen that has UVA and UVB coverage with an SPF of 30 or higher on any exposed skin areas including hands, feet, and ears.
3. Look for shady areas. When you are spending time outside, seek out shady spots rather than direct sunlight.
4. Check your skin regularly and get your skin examined by a qualified medical professional. Be especially proactive if you have a suspicious mole or spot.
5. Limit outdoor activity during peak sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
6. Protect your skin from burning.