Summer Sun Safety
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
On this cold, cloudy day with damp rain and temperatures in the 50’s, it seems strange to be talking about sun exposure. But Memorial Weekend is here, and it’s certainly sunny somewhere!
Weather dependent, the beaches will be packed this holiday weekend, along with the risks of overexposure to the sun. Be aware – use sun protection and sun safety practices!
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.3 million people are diagnosed annually. Fortunately, skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer.
Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. The risk increases the more time we spend outdoors in the sun.
Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early.
Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit
August is Skin Cancer Prevention Month – Here Are Some Important Sun Safety Tips
Summertime means beach vacations with locals and tourists alike flocking to Cape Ann’s Many Beautiful Beaches – Cape Hedge, Cressy, Good Harbor, Half moon, Front/Back, White/Black, Long, Lighthouse, Magnolia, Niles, Pavillion, Pebble, Plum Cove, Singing, Wingaersheek … each one beautiful and unique.
Be Safe From the Summer Sun
Days at the beach signify relaxation and ‘fun in the sun.’ But too much sun can lead to early wrinkles and worse … Skin Cancer. You can still enjoy exercising outdoors and a fun day at the beach, but it is in your best interest to take precautions and practice ‘sun safety’ to best avoid the damaging effects of the sun and skin cancer.
Facts from the American Cancer Society:
- The skin is the largest organ of the body
- Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer
- Skin cancer is preventable and when caught early, easily treatable
Risk factors for skin cancer include:
- Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation (from sunlight or tanning beds and lamps)
- Pale skin (easily sunburned, doesn’t tan much or at all, natural red or blond hair)
- Exposure to large amounts of coal-tar, paraffin, arsenic compounds, or certain types of oil
- You or members of your family have had skin cancers
- Multiple or unusual moles
- Severe sunburns in the past
- Weakened immune system
- Older age (although melanomas can also occur in younger people)
Source and More information – http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts