Stop Skin Cancer the Easy Way
Most people don’t know how to prevent skin cancer other than using a lot of sunscreen if they are on the beach during a hot day. Of course there is more to preventing skin cancer than simply putting on some sunscreen during a week’s vacation in the sun. We are exposed to the sun every day, in all seasons and as a result, many people develop cancer of the skin from overexposure to harmful UV rays.
UV rays can not only affect the skin directly from the sun, but UV rays also reflect off other places such as snow, pavement, and water. Everyone should take basic precautions to prevent skin cancer no matter where they live and during all the seasons. Here are some basic tips to help you protect your skin from cancer:
1. Wear Sunscreen – Almost everyone knows that using sunscreen is important in full sun, but remember, wear sunscreen even during winter days or days that seem hazy if you are going to be out in it for the day. The recommended SPF is over 15 and it should protect you from both UVB and UVA rays.
2. Cover Up with Clothes – While summertime may not seem the best time to wear a lot of clothes because it is hot, you can wear loose fitting, cool clothes that cover a lot of your body if you are planning on being in the sun for an extended period of time. Keep in mind that darker colors in shirts for example, may be more effective in blocking the sun than lighter colored shirts. Just wearing a T-shirt at the beach is not enough to effectively block enough UV rays, so be sure to wear sunscreen as well.
3. Wear a Hat – Hats that have wide brims offer more protection than baseball caps or other smaller head gear. Also, tightly woven fabric such as canvas is more effective in blocking the sun’s rays than is straw or loosely woven material. If you wear a hat that doesn’t cover your ears, neck and face completely, be sure to apply sunscreen to the exposed areas. A hat can be one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer since many spots where the cancer may develop is on the head and face region.
4. Protect Your Eyes – Don’t forget to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses while in the sun in order to protect against early cataracts or other eye damage. Most sunglasses in the US are made to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. The best coverage for your eyes is found with wrap around sunglasses.
These are important, practical suggestions that can effectively protect you from sustaining sun damage to your skin and eyes. Don’t forget to pack your sun block items on your next vacation trip and don’t forget to cover up even when you’re working outside around you house in order to prevent skin cancer.