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! 

Back-to-School Sun Safety Tips

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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

5 Things to Know This Morning

The ABCDE's of Melanoma

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: 

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Check your skin and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you notice any unfamiliar markings, spots or moles. 

READ: Spotting Melanoma On The Back

Spotting Melanoma On The Back

According to American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the back is the most common location for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. 

"Adequately applying sunscreen to your own back can be a difficult task, as demonstrated in the "Who’s Got Your Back?" video. Find a family member or friend who “has your back” when applying sunscreen. In addition, seek shade and wear protective clothing to protect your skin whenever possible."

Credit: AAD 

The One Place You're Probably Forgetting To Put Sunscreen

Can you guess where you're probably forgetting to put sunscreen? 

Answer: your eye area

Researchers from the University of Liverpool released findings from a study about how we apply SPF. They focused on the places we miss when we do apply. How did they do this? They asked a group of 57 women and men to apply sunscreen to their faces. Using a special camera, they captured the places the participants missed.

The findings were fascinating. 

About 13% of the participants missed the eyelids and about 77% missed the area between the corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. 

Many sunscreen users probably think their sunglasses will protect their eyes – but they don't think of the damage if the sunglasses get taken off. Your eyelids are then exposed to the sun. Many users are also not use to applying sunscreen to this area in case it gets in their eyes. Ouch! 

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma on the eyelid account for 5 to 10% of all skin cancers.

Don't forget your eyelid area the next time you apply (AND REAPPLY) your face sunscreen! Your skin will thank you. 

10 Quick Facts About Sunburn Alert

1. Our UV Wristbands and Stickers make it fun and easy to remember when it's time to reapply sunscreen and seek shade. 

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2. Our patented color changing technology detects harmful UVA & UVB rays.

3. The bands and stickers work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults.

4. They can be used with any sunscreen, whether it is a cream, spray or lotion.

5. Wristbands are adjustable to fit any size wrist- both kids and adults.

6. They can be recycled after one day of use.

7. You can find us in stores! 

8. When the Body Sticker begins turning blue, this is your reminder that your sunscreen is losing its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and you need to reapply to the skin and wristband again.

9. When the band begins turning red, this is your reminder that your sunscreen is losing its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and you need to reapply to the skin and wristband again.

10. They come in 15 and 30 packs.