Indoor Tanning Is Addictive | Sun Safe Study

Earlier this year, The Skin Cancer Foundation published an article highlighting a new study on tanning beds. The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, discovered "one in five young white women who have used a tanning bed in the past year exhibit signs of dependence on the activity."

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The participants in the study labeled as 'addicted' strongly believed in the mood-boosting benefits they experienced after an indoor tanning session. They explained how it made them look better and feel great. These 'addicted' women showed signs of depression when the tan faded. 

Indoor tanning has been around for decades. In 2010, the indoor tanning industry's revenue was estimated to be $2.6 billion. 

Here are some shocking statistics and facts on indoor tanning: 

1. Out of the 28 million people who tan indoors, 2.3 million are teens.

2. Melanoma rates have increased in the last three decades. About 76,100 US adults will be diagnosed with this type of cancer in 2014. About 9,710 are expected to die from the disease.

3. 58% of adolescent tanning bed users have burns due to constant exposure.

4. Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is equivalent to spending one to three hours a day at the beach with no sun protection at all.

Our top tip: Opt for a sunless tanner spray or tinted sunscreen to achieve that faux-glow all summer long. Your skin will thank you. 

Conclusion: UV tanning can become addictive

The ABCDE's of Melanoma | Melanoma Awareness Month

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. 

Melanoma can be cured if found and treated early. 

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Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in an easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma: 

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A- ASYMMETRICAL SHAPE: MELANOMA LESIONS ARE OFTEN IRREGULAR, OR NOT SYMMETRICAL, IN SHAPE. BENIGN MOLES ARE USUALLY SYMMETRICAL.

B- BORDER: TYPICALLY, NON-CANCEROUS MOLES HAVE SMOOTH, EVEN BORDERS. MELANOMA LESIONS USUALLY HAVE IRREGULAR BORDERS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO DEFINE.

C- COLOR: THE PRESENCE OF MORE THAN ONE COLOR (BLUE, BLACK, BROWN, TAN, ETC.) OR THE UNEVEN DISTRIBUTION OF COLOR CAN SOMETIMES BE A WARNING SIGN OF MELANOMA. BENIGN MOLES ARE USUALLY A SINGLE SHADE OF BROWN OR TAN.

D- DIAMETER: MELANOMA LESIONS ARE OFTEN GREATER THAN 6 MILLIMETERS IN DIAMETER (APPROXIMATELY THE SIZE OF A PENCIL ERASER).

E- EVOLUTION: THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR MOLE(S) HAS BECOME THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR TO CONSIDER WHEN IT COMES TO DIAGNOSING A MELANOMA. KNOWING WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOU COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. IF A MOLE HAS GONE THROUGH RECENT CHANGES IN COLOR AND/OR SIZE, BRING IT TO THE ATTENTION OF A DERMATOLOGIST IMMEDIATELY. 

If you see one or more of these markings on your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. Catching melanoma early can make the difference between life and death. See your dermatologist regularly for skin screenings. 

You can also use the Ugly Duckling test to spot any suspicious markings on the body. If you're seeing a mole or marking that doesn't look like the rest, then that's a red flag. Get your skin checked immediately by a dermatologist

Please note: Not all melanomas fall within the ABCDE parameters so visit your dermatologist regularly to catch any potential issues early.

SHOP your UV Wristbands and Stickers to help keep your family protected all summer long!

 

Key Facts on Melanoma | Sunburn Alert

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, accounting for over 5 million cases each year. Fortunately, this type of skin cancer is very preventable.  

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READ: Spotting Suspicious Moles

The American Cancer Society has estimated the number of melanoma cases in the United States for 2018: 

  • About 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women).
  • About 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women).

Want to know exactly HOW to stay sun protected this summer? Here are our top four tips:

  1. Wear sunscreen: This is an obvious one. Apply after cleansing and before makeup about 15 minutes before going outside. 
  2. Reapply: This is forgotten by most people. Apply your sunscreen every two hours. 
  3. Wear protective attire: This includes hats, UV protected clothing and sunglasses. 
  4. Stay out of the sun: Make sure to seek shade when possible! 

Source: The American Cancer Society

5 Sun Safe Sunscreen Tips – Sunburn Alert

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. 

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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. 

 

Spotting Suspicious Moles

When caught early, skin cancers are almost always curable. 

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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.

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READ: Skin Screening 101

Source: https://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/news/20171107/waiting-even-days-to-remove-melanoma-can-be-deadly

 

Melanoma Rates Are Highest in Utah

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

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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. 

 

Spotting Melanoma – Check Your Partner

When detected early, melanoma is highly treatable.

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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. 

Do You Need To Wear Sunscreen In The Fall?

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. 

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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!