Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than two million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. There are so many ways to prevent skin cancer.
I had Melanoma at 21 years old. My sister-in-law has had it and now I have to watch out for my kids. You can read MY MELANOMA STORY Here.
9 Ways To Prevent Skin Cancer
1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
This is not always easy to do when you have little kids and they have sports, pool parties and more. But just be aware!
2. See A Dermatologist
The first dermatologist I saw tried to sell me a fiber supplement. It was like a Seinfeld episode (remember Boca Del Vista?) since I lived in Boca Raton, FL. I had already seen the best since I was part of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. So I knew what to look for in a physician.
Do you wanna know what your dermatologist should be doing?
They should be looking through your hair at your scalp and working their way down. Between your toes, behind your ears and the bottom of your feet.
3. Pack More Than One Beach Umbrella
Beach umbrellas don’t cover that much. You can just about fit two beach chairs under one umbrella. I bring one for our chairs, one beach umbrella for the kids’ chairs and one umbrella for them to build sand castles under. Know that you still get a reflection from the sun.
4. Wear Sunscreen All The Time
People only seem to apply sunscreen at the beach or pool. But you should wear it all the time. I’ve recently noticed more freckles on the left side of my neck from driving and waiting in Carline.
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating
5. Avoid Getting A Sunburn
I’m don’t wanna scare you, but I kind of do. Because it only takes one burn!! So think about all the times you got a sunburn or you’re kids have. Ughh! Start preventing today.
6. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths
The Worst for your skin!! I am vain I’m not gonna lie, so a good spray tan or self-tanner always makes me feel better in a bathing suit.
7. If You Think A Mole Has Changed
This is the part where you’ve read MY STORY about how I had Melanoma. You’ve been watching this mole and it’s changed. It seems darker and maybe not perfectly round. It’s the AHA moment right now that you call and make that appointment.
9. Wear Protective Clothing
Do you keep hats and sunglasses in your car at all times? Start today!
My entire family wears rashguards at the pool and to the beach. You just have too!
But what about protective clothing?
I’ve discovered Yaffa Activewear for women which is perfect for my lifestyle. They’ve created pieces with UPF 50 Sun Protection effectively blocking 98% of UVA and UVB rays, even after 40 washes.
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I play tennis once a week and now I can wear this Handle Hider (Love It!) short sleeve white top and cinched up skort.
Pic above. I can also mix and match with this Sun Protective Shirt in Tie Dye with Ball Capri legging with sun protection. Wear this during a walk, golf and any other outside activity.
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