Most people describe sun-tanned skin as a “healthy glow,” but it’s not exactly the truth. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Any type of suntan is the result of sun damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The easiest way to prevent skin damage and lessen your chances of getting skin cancer is to avoid getting sunburn. Here are some ways to prevent skin cancer and keep your skin healthy:
- Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when it is strongest
- Wear clothes with tightly woven fabric and a hat that shades your face, neck and ears
- Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside to avoid developing cataracts and damaging your retinas
- Use sunscreen that has at least 15 SPF every day, especially on your lips and the tips of your ears and nose
- Avoid using tanning beds
- Protect children from sun damage as most sun exposure occurs before age 18
Knowledge is vital in understanding the risks. Take a few minutes to learn about the basics of skin cancer. If you ever feel unsure if a mole or spot on your body is cancerous, it doesn’t hurt to get it checked by a professional.
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Source: American Cancer Society and ZywaveShare This: