Did you know melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults 25
to 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for
adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old? The good news is that when
caught early, skin cancer – including melanoma – is highly treatable
Follow these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology to prevent
skin cancer and protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun:
- Apply sunscreen. When you are going to be outside, even on cloudy
days, apply sunscreen to all skin that will not be covered by clothing.
Reapply approximately every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen that protects the skin against both UVA and UVB rays and that has an SPF of at least 30.
- Use one ounce of sunscreen, an amount that is about equal to the
size of your palm. Thoroughly rub the product into the skin. Don’t
forget the top of your feet, your neck, ears, and the top of your head.
- Seek shade. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10
a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
- Protect your skin with clothing. When going outside wear a long‐sleeved shirt, pants, a wide‐brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Use extra caution near water, sand or snow as they reflect and
intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances
- Get vitamin D safely. Eat a healthy diet that includes foods
naturally rich in vitamin D, or take vitamin D supplements. Do not seek
- If you want to look tan, consider using a self-tanning product,
but continue to use sunscreen with it. Don’t use tanning beds. Just like
the sun, UV light from tanning beds can cause wrinkling and age spots
and can lead to skin cancer.
- Check your skin for signs of skin cancer. Your birthday is a
great time to check your birthday suit. Checking your skin and knowing
your moles are key to detecting skin cancer in its earliest, most
treatable stages. If you spot anything changing, growing or bleeding,
see your dermatologist.
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