Wear sunscreen, prevent cancer
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime? Sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer by protecting you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Think about the following when enjoying our onset of beautiful weather.
What sunscreen should you use?
- Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA/UVB rays)
- Use SPF 50
- Water resistant
When should you use sunscreen?
- Everyday. The sun’s rays are harmful year-round. Even on cloudy days too.
How much sunscreen should I use?
- Use enough sunscreen to coat all skin that will not be covered by clothing. Remember your face, ears, and hands,
- 1 shot. Dermatologists consider 1 ounce or a shot glass full of sunscreen is enough to cover the exposed areas of the body for the average adult (face, ears, arms, hands, face, legs, feet). Adjust the amount based on your body size.
- Apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before going outdoors.
- Don’t forget your lips. Apply lip balm or lipstick that contains an SPF 30+.
- Reapply. Every two hours or after swimming or sweating you should reapply sunscreen.
It’s not all about sunscreen
- Seek shade. The sun’s rays are most potent between the hours of 10 am – 2 pm.
- Wear protective clothing. Long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat. Don’t forget your sunglasses!
- Use caution around the water! The sun’s harmful rays can reflect off the water and increase your chance of sunburn.
Monica Edenholm, PA-C, is a specialist with Dermatology in Shoreline and Everett. She is currently accepting new pediatric and adult patients.
DISCLAIMER: The contents and opinions expressed by Everett Clinic teammates and providers on “A Healthier You” blog and those providing comments are theirs alone and are not a substitute for medical advice. Consult your own provider for personal health recommendations.
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