We all know the importance of sunscreen. Everyone needs sunscreen to protect their skin from the harmful UV rays from the sun. The sun's rays can cause sunburns, wrinkles and skin cancer.
With skin cancer rates are on the rise, we're breaking down five sun safe sunscreen tips to practice throughout the year.
1. Apply 15-20 minutes before going outside.
This will allow the sunscreen to create a protective layer on the skin.
2. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours.
This is so important! Further reapplication is necessary if you are sweating or swimming.
3. Make sure you're applying the right amount of sunscreen.
The Skin Cancer foundations say 1 ounce (about a shot glass full) is the standard amount to ensure you properly covered the body.
4. Throw out your bottle if it's expired.
Sunscreens typically last 2-3 years. Check your bottle to make sure you're using an up-to-date sunscreen.
5. Sunscreen can't be your only form of sun protection.
Wear a hat, seek shade when possible and opt for UPF clothing.
When caught early, skin cancers are almost always curable.
According to a new study, the sooner melanoma is treated, the more likely a patient is to survive. Researchers analyzed findings from more than 153,000 American adults diagnosed with stage 1 to 3 melanoma between 2004 and 2012.
The results: Those who waiting more than 90 days for treatment were more likely to die -- no matter the stage of melanoma.
They also found older men who had other health issues were more inclined to wait for treatment.
It is imperative to get annual skin checks by your local dermatologist and perform at-home self exams. These regular skin checks will detect any unusual moles or skin formations that could be caused by the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology even offers a free skin cancer screening called SPOTme®. Find a free Spotme Skin Screening near you.
READ: Skin Screening 101
Beaches, hot deserts, states closer to the equator. These are all factors you most likely associate when categorizing certain states as 'skin cancer hot spots'. You probably wouldn't include a snowy state in this particular category. Would you?
According to a new report from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Utah (yes, Utah) has the highest incidences of skin cancer, specifically melanoma.
The report, released this year, found Utah has the highest number of melanoma. The most recent date shows there were 42.3 cases per every 100,000 people in 2014. According to a news outlet, that's twice the national average.
Researchers aren't too sure why Utah has the highest rates of melanoma. It could be because of elevation. It is easy to get a sunburn at higher altitudes because there is less of the earth's atmosphere to block the sunlight. According to WebMD, "UV exposure increases about 4% for every 1000 ft (305 m) gain in elevation."
Even if you don't live in Utah, it's important to wear SPF daily -- and reapply every two hours. And, if you're hitting the ski slopes this season, don't forget to apply sunscreen on your face, body and lips.
When detected early, melanoma is highly treatable.
According to The American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD), "Women are nine times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others, which means women could help save their partners' lives by helping them spot skin cancer. This is especially important for men over 50 as they have an increased risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population."
Watch AAD's latest PSA (launched this past summer) called “Check Your Partner. Check Yourself"
Learn your ABCDE's of melanoma to spot any spacious markings, moles or freckles.
Fall is here and we're saying a warm hello to cooler weather, colorful leaves, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice everything. With all this excitement comes the need for many to retire their sunscreen bottles and sun safety items until next spring and summer.
However, it is extremely important to remember sun damage can occur throughout the year, no matter the season. Here are 4 facts that'll make you want to keep your sunscreen a part of your skin regimen this fall and winter season:
1. Clouds: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can pass through clouds. This is the reason people often end up with serious sunburns on overcast days.
2. Snow: Snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, increasing exposure.
3. Sunburns: One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence (or a total of five sunburns sustained by any age) more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life."
4. Altitude: It is easy to get sunburned at higher altitudes because there is less of the earth's atmosphere to block the sunlight. According to WebMD, "UV exposure increases about 4% for every 1000 ft (305 m) gain in elevation."
Keep applying your sunscreen and UV stickers/wristbands. Your skin will thank you!
School is back in session, but that doesn't mean it's time to toss aside your sun protected items for next summer. During a typical school day, it's very common for children to receive a significant amount of sun exposure, particularly during recess.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, five or more suburbs in youth increases lifestyle melanoma risk by 80 percent.The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are also associated with 86 percent of melanomas and about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers.
Below are three recommendations for keeping your children safe while in school:
1. Hat: Pack a hat in your child's school bag. This will help protect their head, face and neck from the sun.
2. Clothing: Remember, the more skin you cover, the better. Opt for UPF protective clothing as well. UV Skinz offers a great line for babies and toddlers.
3. Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen on your child in the morning before heading outside to catch the bus. If your school allows students to wear sunscreen*, opt to bring in some UV Stickers & Wristbands so your child's class can all enjoy them!
*Please note: "Many schools don’t allow students to use sunscreen or wear a hat outdoors during the school day without written permission from a physician. The Skin Cancer Foundation has created a sun protection form that parents and doctors can sign, allowing students to bring these items to school, apply and use as needed. The form is available at www.skincancer.org/schoolnote."
Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation
Early detection is key for any type of cancer, that much is clear. When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. The ABCDE melanoma test can help you identify the warning signs for melanoma.
The Mayo Clinic recently came out with a video to help break down each letter and what it stands for. Watch below:
Check your skin and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you notice any unfamiliar markings, spots or moles.