Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can often be cured when it’s found and treated in the early stages.
Simple Steps to Protect
Look younger and keep your skin healthy by wearing sunscreen daily. The following are steps recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to help prevent the development of skin cancer:
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear sunscreen anytime you leave your house, especially on your face to prevent premature aging.
- Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or higher.
- Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
- Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
- Regularly check your skin for changes such as new bumps or discoloration.
All Skin Types are Vulnerable
Many people with darker skin tones make the mistake assuming they are less affected by the sun’s harmful rays. While their skin may burn less easily, most skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Although, darker shades of skin produce more of the pigment called melanin, which does help protect skin, it only does to a certain extent. People of color can still get sunburned and they can also develop skin cancer from UV damage! Remember, ethnicity does not define skin type. To avoid premature aging and damage that can lead to skin cancer, use sunscreen every day. Practice sun-safety and make it a habit. For example, seek out shade and wear protective clothing, hats or UV-blocking sunglasses.
Certain skin cancers are caused by factors other than the sun’s harmful UV rays — such as genetics or environmental influences. These may occur on parts of the body rarely exposed to the sun. For example, people who have dark skin are more susceptible to Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (ALM), an especially dangerous form of melanoma that typically appears on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The Jamaican singer and musician, Bob Marley, died of ALM when he was only 36.
Skin Care at True MD
True MD is proud to participate in Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. During the month of May, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage. Through until the end of May 2017, stop in to pick up your sunscreen for 20% off! Our Skin care product lines all come with sunscreen options. Click to learn more about each, below: