Skin Cancer Awareness - Wear Your Sunscreen

Enjoying the outdoors has many benefits, but sun exposure can increase skin cancer risk, the most common and preventable cancer in the U.S. Protect yourself by seeking shade, avoiding sunburns and tanning beds, wearing protective clothing, and using broad-spectrum sunscreen. Check your skin monthly and consult your doctor about any suspicious spots.

posted on 7/5/2024 in Features

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, more people are enjoying the great outdoors. Sunlight and fresh air offer numerous benefits such as enhanced mood, increased Vitamin D levels, better brain function, disease prevention, and even weight loss! However, it's important to remember that while sun exposure is beneficial, it can also be harmful without proper precautions. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with over 5 million cases diagnosed annually. The good news is that it is also highly preventable.

How to Prevent Skin Cancer

  • Seek shade during peak sun hours, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Avoid getting sunburned.
  • Say no to tanning and UV tanning beds.
  • Wear protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) with an SPF of at least 15 every day. For extended outdoor activities, choose a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply about 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.
  • Sunscreen should be used on babies older than six months. Keep newborns out of direct sunlight.
  • Conduct a monthly skin self-exam from head to toe.
  • Consult your doctor about any suspicious moles or spots.

Sunlight is essential for our health, but it’s vital to stay protected while enjoying the outdoors. St. Anthony Regional Hospital (Carroll, IA) is dedicated to enhancing community health with high-quality services. If you have concerns about skin cancer or need more information, contact the St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center. To make an appointment or learn more, visit our website or call 712-794-5265. Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine responsibly!