Tips on having fun in the sun and avoiding skin cancer

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, with more people having skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined. Here are some tips in information to protect yourself and family.

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SAN DIEGO, August 1, 2017– August is Sun Safety Month. With longer days and warmer temperatures, most Americans delight in the abundance of outdoor activities they have access to. However, with all that sun, comes some serious risks.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, with more people having skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

But fear not, it is entirely possible to enjoy the great outdoors while also practicing sun safety. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 9,500 Americans are diagnosed each day with skin cancer meaning that practicing sun safety is a necessity.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 9,500 Americans are diagnosed each day with skin cancer meaning that practicing sun safety is a necessity and easy when following some common sense guidelines.


First begin by finding an ideal sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and carefully apply it to any exposed area of the body, including face, ears, neck, nose, arms, hands, legs, feet, back, and torso. Don’t forget the tops of knees, shoulders, and feet, all places that we forget, or where the sunscreen gets wiped away, and that burn easily, and painfully.

Consider wearing sunscreen every day, both indoors and outdoors since skin cancer can be caused by a variety of forms of ultra violet rays and other man-made factors. Don’t rely on cloudy days for protection as the cloud cover can actually increase UV rays from the sun that can also bounce off sand, snow, pavement, and water. Beware of dangers from above, and below.

Beware of dangers from above, and below.

Live like an Italian and choose to avoid peak sun exposure by planning outdoor activities before 10:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. leaving the midday hours for inside activities, lunch or increase your health with a mid-day siesta.

Finding shade when the sun is at peak time is highly advised.  Seek covered patios, umbrellas, trees and other forms of protection to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest.

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Protective hats to keep your scalp from burning, sunglasses to protect eye tissue, and clothing also come in hand; there are growing brands of SPF protective clothing lines now available.

While enjoying a drive or a road trip this summer, keep in mind that, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 53% of skin cancers occur on the driver’s side of the face.

They further report that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime.

The Skin Cancer Foundation ranks the following skin cancers ranks in order of occurrence:

1. Basal cell carcinoma: More than 4 million cases are diagnosed in the
U.S. each year.

2. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer:
More than 1 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

3. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has an estimated 87,110
cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

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Practicing sun safety throughout not only the summer but all seasons of the
year will ensure you are having not only the best of times but also the
healthiest.

Curious about sun safety? Take the American Cancer Society’s Sun Safety IQ TEST.

Have fun this last month of summer and enjoy it to the fullest.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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