Cover Up! May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Snyder Insurance and Financial Services is committed to getting the word out about protecting yourself from the sun during the upcoming summer months.
Sun, Fun and Skin Cancer
Americans love the sun, yet most are unaware of just how harmful the sun’s UV rays are to their skin. Over the past three decades more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined, and each year 5 million people are treated for it, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
That should be enough to send folks running for the sunblock aisle, but, believe it or not, 72% of people surveyed by the American Academy of Dermatology said that people just look better with a tan, making it worth the risk. They just don’t think that they’ll end up being the 1 in 5 Americans who will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
Of course it’s impossible to avoid the sun, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10:00 a. m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Do not burn!
- Avoid sun tanning and never use tanning booths.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of 6 months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- See your doctor every year for a professional skin exam.
Learn Not to Burn!
To learn more about skin cancer, check out the resources below or visit the Skin Cancer Foundation Web site.