Protect your skin from the Florida sun with these skin cancer prevention tips.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with one in five people developing the disease during a lifetime. Your risk of developing skin cancer can be reduced dramatically by follow these prevention tips.
Avoid being out in the sun during midday hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the peak and most hazardous time for UV ray exposure. Instead, plan your outdoor activities, like yard work, in the early morning or late afternoon. If you happen to be outside during midday hours, seek shade with an umbrella or under a nearby tree to reduce your risk of skin damage.
Wearing long-sleeves and long pants constructed from tightly woven fabric provides great protect from UV rays. However, you may not want to sport such an outfit on the beach. Instead, opt for a t-shirt or swimsuit cover-up for added protection.
Apply about 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going out into the sun. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Additionally, find a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum” protection so you are protected from both UVB and UVA rays. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating excessively.
Put a lid on it
When you are out in the sun, don’t forget about your face, neck and head. Hats with an all-around brim offer protection. If your hat doesn’t have a brim that goes all the way around, put sunscreen on your exposed neck and ears.
Say no to tanning booths
Indoor tanning with a tanning bed, booth or sunlamp is still an exposure to UVA and UVB rays which damages skin and could lead to cancer. Just one session in a tanning bed increases your chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent.
Learn more about cancer prevention and screening at St. Petersburg General Hospital by visiting us online or by calling our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5122. You can also call to schedule an appointment or to receive a physician referral.