Summer Sun! Tips On How to Enjoy The Sun Safely

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With summer fast approaching, absolutely everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy the sun that we haven’t seen for far too long.  Adults and children alike flood outdoors at the first hint of sunshine peeking from behind the clouds, and unfortunately, very little consideration is given to sun safety.  You are probably already aware of the dangers associated with spending too much time in the sun, such as sunburn and an increased risk of skin cancer.  However, what you may not know is that the number of cases of malignant melanoma is on the rise.

Malignant melanoma is an extremely dangerous type of skin cancer, and the number of cases, particularly among young adults and teenagers, has been rising considerably in recent years.  It is often not detected until it has reached an advanced stage, because of the general misconception that cancer does not occur during the teenage years.  Late detection means that treatment is more difficult, and less likely to remove the growth completely.

Sun Fun! Stay Safe!

However, following some basic tips can dramatically reduce your risk of developing both melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

  • Sunscreen is one of the essential items you need if you are going to be spending any time outside this summer.  You might think that it is a chore to put sunscreen on any exposed areas of skin, including the face and neck, but it is important in order to prevent sunburn.
  • Avoid Sunburns, This is one of the major risk factors for developing skin cancer, so you should take steps to avoid burning.  A deep tan is also just as damaging to the skin.  People who have a naturally pale complexion will be most at risk of burning, but even those with darker skin should take care.
  • Seek Shade whenever you can.  If you are out of the direct sunlight, then you are exposed to fewer of the sun’s harmful UV rays.  Covering up with a hat, sunglasses and a T-shirt is also highly recommended.

There is absolutely no reason why you cannot enjoy the sun this summer, but do remember to take these simple precautions to maintain your health and beautiful skin.