Men’s Skin Cancer is on the Rise!
Men’s skin cancer rates are on the rise here in the United States. In 1970 the death rate for men due to skin cancer was 4.5 per 100,000. In a recent study the death rate has soared to 15.2 deaths per 100,000 men. That is quite a scary number if you ask me. That number does not include men that have survived skin cancer.
Why have men’s death rates from skin cancer risen by almost 400% in the last 40 years? There is really not any one definitive answer to that. Many factors can play a part in anyone dying from skin cancer. Genetics, how soon the cancer is discovered, quality of health care and family history are just a few.
I feel that a rise in sunbathing and men striving for than golden skin tone is a huge factor that has increased skin cancer rates in men over the past 40 years. During the 1970’s the culture on skin tone took a turn towards finding a golden tan more and more appealing. This prompted men every where to focus more on tanning and striving for that perfect skin tone. However, sunscreens and sunblocks are not as advanced as they are today (Think white goop coating people noses) and many men didn’t even bother to use them at all. More men opted to just lay out in the sun with no UVA or UVB protection at all. Most opted for baby oil which only intensifies the suns damaging rays.
Another reason that more men die from skin cancer than women is due to the fact that we are generally in the sun more than our female counterparts. From mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, playing basketball to watching a baseball game, us men spend a lot of time in the sun.
So what can you do to limit your chances of getting skin cancer? First off, the best choice is to limit your exposure to the sun as much as possible. If your not in the sun, then the sun cannot inflict its damaging rays onto your skin. I know that not going in the sun at all is simply not an option for 99.9% of men out there. This leads me to the second best option for reducing your chances of getting skin cancer, wear sunscreen or sun block.
Most high quality men’s sun products offer broad spectrum protection from the sun. This means that they offer protection for both UVA and UVB rays. If you are wondering what the difference between the two are I have written an article called The Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays.
It is extremely important to wear a powerful sunscreen whenever you are going to be in the sun for long periods of time. Outdoor events, Concerts, a day of yard work or a picnic are a few examples. We carry two wonderful full spectrum sunscreens from Jack Black, Jack Black Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 and Jack Black Performance Remedy Sun Guard Sunscreen SPF 45. Both of these products are perfect for applying to your whole body whenever your skin is going to be exposed to the sun for any length of time.
The next line of products that we carry for sun protection are face moisturizers with SPF infused into them. What is great about these facial moisturizers is that they are easily applied in the morning after your morning routine. They add moisture to your face as well as all day protection from the sun. The main benefit from using an SPF infused facial moisturizer is that by using them daily, you are protecting your face from the suns aging damage. This might not be noticeable at first, but over the years you will notice that as your friends start to show signs of aging, your skin will still look young and healthy. Your friends will start to ask you how you stay looking so young. You will simply tell them that you apply a face moisturizer every morning that has SPF in it. So simple.
So give your face and skin a fighting chance and use some kind of product that contains full spectrum UVA and UVB protection from the skin. In 20, 30, 40 or 50 years you will thank me. A small investment in your skin today can save you money in hospital stays and can even save your life. We know that you’re a tough guy, but cancer is pretty tough too and we are pretty sure that you don’t want to go toe to toe with skin cancer.