Summer Fun Means You Must Protect Your Skin
August marks the final weeks of summer. Even if Covid-19 has us sticking close to home, you are likely spending a lot of time outdoors. Taking long walks, enjoying your backyard, or those of your neighbors have become part of our daily routines.
It is important that while we are trying to protect ourselves from Covid-19, we remember to protect ourselves from the sun. Our skin is our largest organ, yet many people neglect giving it the attention it requires.
Millions of people receive a skin cancer diagnosis every year. Statistics show that 3.5 million people get diagnosed with squamous or basal cell skin cancer. More than 70,000 will get diagnosed with melanoma.
Yet much of this skin cancer is preventable by using common sense and some basic precautions.
Don’t Let Skin Cancer Ruin Your Summer
If you can stay in the shade, this is by far the best way to avoid overexposure to the harmful rays of the sun. But, it is not always practical or desirable to always be under a tree or umbrella.
Also, tanning beds and sunlamps mimic the dangerous UV rays of the sun. They are not necessarily a safer substitute for the actual sun.
If you will be in the sun, the American Cancer Society suggests that you do the following to protect yourself:
- Slap, and
It is this simple: When you go out in the sunshine, slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, slap a hat on your head, and wrap on sunglasses. By doing these things, you can protect the areas of your body that are exposed to sunlight, lowering the risk of developing skin cancer.
Early Detection of Skin Cancer-Look at Your Skin!
One of the best ways to protect your skin is to look at it. Noticing changes in your skin and showing them to a qualified doctor can save your life.
Early detection of skin cancer is crucial to making sure it does not spread and cause additional harm to your body.
Some things to look for might include:
- Open sores
- Changes in the color of a mole
- Changes in the size of a mole
- Changes in the shape of a mole
- Raised, reddish patches
- Pink growths that might have a raised edge and crater-ish center
- Pale yellow-ish areas that are flat and firm
- Red, small, translucent, shiny growths
If you notice changes in your skin, see a health care professional to be sure it is nothing to worry about. If it is, your doctor will explain the treatment options. Skin cancer treatments vary and can include surgical procedures, radiation, and chemotherapy.
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