Preventing Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is an epidemic in this country and this day should prompt you to think and do a few things for your skin and overall health:
- Use a sunscreen every morning with SPF 15 or 30
- Stay out of tanning beds
- When exercising or at the beach remember sunscreens are not permanent and wash off easily and should be reapplied at least every hour
- Remember to apply sunscreen to your children—their skin is even more sensitive than yours
- Wear sunglasses with an A and B block because the sun also causes cataracts
The most deadly form of skin cancer is malignant melanoma and great strides are being made in the treatment of this disease; however, still of the 55,000 who get this 10,000 will die. Even though the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, will not kill you, it can be very disfiguring and devastating. The other name for this cancer is “rodent ulcer” for good reason. In addition, the sun is the primary cause of the appearance of aging and sunscreen does help to keep this from happening as well.