Skin Cancer is a Killer – Use Protection

Skin Cancer is a Killer – Use Protection

Despite much publicity regarding the dangers of UV radiation, many people still don’t protect their skin while sunbathing. It’s still often considered that a nice even suntan is healthier than pale or white skin. Unfortunately, for many of us, this is not true.

You may also think that getting a tan using a solarium or tanning bed are healthy, but these also emit UVR, and carry the same risks as being out in the sun.

Here are some precautions you can take to help protect yourself from Ultra Violet Radiation:

Stay in the shade as much as possible
Cover up arms and legs
Use sunglasses that wrap around
Wear a broad-brimmed hat
Use a good water resistant sunscreen, at least SPF30

While sunscreen is good, it should not be considered to be complete protection. The only complete protection is to stay out of the sun altogether, but this is not possible for most of us. We need a small amount of sunlight to provide vitamin D, although this can be obtained in only a few minutes in Summer.

When going outside to hang the washing, use sunscreen and a hat.

When gardening, wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, a broad brimmed hat, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Refresh your sunscreen at least every two hours. A waterproof type is best.

Make sure your children are protected at all times; childrens’ skin is delicate and easily damaged.

It’s thought that getting sunburnt can add several years to the age of your skin, so think of the future. You could end up looking much older than your actual age.

Pets are often forgotten when it comes to skin protection. Dogs, cats, and other animals can also suffer from sunburn and skin cancer on their noses and ears. It is just as dangerous to them as it is to us, so don’t forget to take care of them.

If you’d like to know more about the dangers of skin cancer, your government health site may have information available. Remember, prevention is better than cure.

Skin Cancer is a Killer – Use Protection

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