I have been to the dermatologist several times throughout my life and if it’s one thing the doc repeats, it is sunscreen.
Here are a few tips to prevent skin cancer:
- WEAR SUNSCREEN! (at least SPF 30)
- Keep in mind that UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. So, if you are going to be out in the sun, try to stay in the shade. I usually don’t have to worry about that because I am usually at the mall around that time.
- Put those stunna shades on! Find a pair that blocks most UV rays because not all of them do. Bigger, wider lenses will protect the skin around your eyes as well as your eyes itself. If you do not wear sunglasses, UV exposure can contribute to vision loss as you get older. All along, I thought celebrities were starting a trend. They really do care about their well being! Now I have a great excuse when I buy another pair of big sunglasses!
- Work it out! Researchers have found when you exercise and stay healthy, it strengthens your immune system and helps the body defend itself from cancer cells.
- It takes about five sunburns to double your chances of skin cancer. One blistering burn during childhood doubles melanoma risk.
- 33% of skin cancers occur on the nose ( You better put extra sunscreen on! )
- 63% of Melanoma deaths could have been prevented if every one did a monthly self exam
- 75% chance of developing melanoma if you used a tanning bed in your 20′s
So now that we are aware, let’s start taking precautions by protecting our skin and well being!