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Skin and Sun Safety

Toni Ann DiSantis

Skin Cancer is the most common of all cancer types.  The summer is not the only time you are at risk for damage from the sun.  You are probably in the habit of only packing sunscreen for a day at the beach or pool.  However the sun is up there 365 days a year & everyday exposure counts.  Practice these sun-protection basics all year round to give you skin the best chance of long-term health.


Use a Sunscreen SPF+ Whenever You spend Time Outdoors

-This applies to all outdoor activities: athletics, shopping, hiking, picnicking, walking, jogging, gardening, skiing, and even waiting for a bus.

-Apply evenly to all exposed skin & be sure to cover often-missed spots: lips, ears, around the eyes, neck, scalp and feet.

-Reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if some of the product may have been removed while swimming, sweating, or towel drying.


Cover Up

-A broad-brimmed hat goes a long way toward preventing skin cancer in often-exposed areas like the neck, ears, scalp & face.  Opt for a 3-4 inch brim that extends all around the hat.  Baseball caps and visors shade the face but often leave the neck, lower face & ears exposed.

- Keep in mind that tightly woven fabrics & dark colors, such as deep blue and black, or bright colors, such as orange & red, offer more protection. 

-UV-blocking sunglass with a frame protect your eyelids and the sensitive skin around your eyes.


Seek the Shade

Be aware, however, that sunlight bouncing off reflective surfaces can reach you even beneath an umbrella or a tree.