Skin Cancer Awareness: Prevention First | RMHP

Approximately 1 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, even though skin cancer is highly preventable. The fact is that everyone, regardless of skin color, should make sun safety a priority and incorporate protective measures into their daily lives. This is especially important for Coloradans; sunlight is strongest in high altitudes, which means more exposure to radiation.

The National Council on Skin Cancer prevention recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of skin cancer:

Do Not Burn or Tan

  • Avoid intentional tanning.
  • Avoid tanning beds.

Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and wrinkling.

Seek Shade

  • When sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 Wear Protective Clothing

  • Long-sleeved shirt and pants.
  • A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

 Generously Apply Sunscreen

  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher for protection from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation.
  • Apply 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.

 Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand

  • These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.

 Get Vitamin D Safely

  • Through a healthy diet and vitamin supplements.

Like most cancers, early detection of can save your life.  Carefully examine your body once a month and be sure to have any new or changing spots evaluated by a healthcare professional.

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