The weather is heating up and summer is just around the corner, which means that sun protection is more important than ever. A sunburn here and a sunburn there may not seem like a big deal, but even as few as five bad sunburns in your life can greatly increase you risk for skin cancer. Get the facts on skin cancer and the sun to make sure your skin is protected this summer.
Check out the American Academy of Dermatology’s top 10 skin cancer and sun facts:
- Most skin cancers are related to sun exposure, which is preventable, yet skin cancer rates continue to climb.
- “Broad-spectrum protection” protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Most dermatologists agree SPF 30 is sufficient, based on the total amount of solar energy released on a typical summer day.
- The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you, seek shade.
- If you notice any spots changing, growing or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist.
- Even on a cloudy day, 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can reach your skin.
- If your skin blisters after a sunburn, you have a second-degree burn.
- UV rays can cause premature aging of skin and skin cancer.
- Melanin is the pigment that “tans” your skin, but it is produced by the skin in response to sun damage.
- By the time your skin gets red (burned) or darker, it has already been damaged.
- Use of indoor tanning (tanning beds) before the age of 35 has been associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma.
To detect melanomas, it’s recommended to learn what they look like. Learn the ABCDEs of melanoma and follow the five “S’s of sun sense.” Check out our handy sun safety checklist and our SPF infographic below with important skin cancer statistics to ensure you are in the know and up to date on sun-safety information.
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