Tips from the Dermatologist
The Importance of Sunscreen for your skin cancer is a huge concern; one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at one point in their lives. This makes it a problem for everyone. Using sunscreen is one of the best ways to defend yourself against an even higher chance of skin cancer. Dermatologists see a variety of skin cancers each year. Most frequently, they encounter the basal cell skin cancer, which generally stays on the skin and is the most common form of skin cancer. One form of skin cancer, melanoma, is more deadly than the others. Melanoma is curable so long as it is caught in the early stages. Each year, around 10,000 people die because of melanoma each year. Basal and squamous cell skin cancers account for an average of 2,000 deaths per year. Risk Factors There are factors that can increase the risk of getting skin cancer. As stated before, one in five people will have skin cancer, but these factors can increase that risk beyond the normal 20%.
- Older age
- Multiple and severe sunburns
- Family history of skin cancer
Long-term exposure to tanning beds or sunlight Using Sunscreen Appropriately Using just any sunscreen won’t protect you effectively. You must use the right SPF level and apply sunscreen properly. Ideally, most people select SPF30, but SPF50+ is the best choice for those times when you will be outside for long periods. Are you going to be in the water? If so, pick a water resistant sunscreen. Waterproof sunscreen will last an average of 80 minutes in the water at the labeled level. On the other hand, non-waterproof sunscreen only has to last for 40 minutes in the water. This is why people frequently get more sunburns when most dermatologists suggest broad-spectrum protection, which protects against UVA and UVB rays. They also suggest an SPF level of 30 or more and water resistance. Following the suggested sunscreen recommendations will lessen your chance of sunburn and skin cancer in the future.
Other Suggested Tips
- Wear sun-protective clothing, along with hats, pants, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Avoid tanning beds because they are directly linked to skin cancer.
- Stay in the shade as frequently as possible. The sun’s rays are very strong between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Apply 15 minutes before going outside. This gives the sunscreen enough time to absorb into your skin.
- Always use enough sunscreen. Apply liberally to make sure your skin is protected.
- Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours. If you are in the water or sweating, opt to apply it even more frequently. Dealing with a Sunburn: Sometimes sunburn happens, even if precautions are taken. Sunburn is a painful reminder of the importance of sunscreen. Here are some ways to treat sunburn.
- Stay hydrated and drink a lot of water. This helps your skin rejuvenate and heal.
- Take a pain reliever with an anti-inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen. This will help reduce the swelling associated with a sunburn.
- Watch for blistering, which may require medical treatment.