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Today I wanted to talk about skin cancer and the ways you can protect yourself.
When the sun is out people seem to flock to the beach, go for walks, go sunbathing or just sit in it. Be sure that you protect your skin - it's the only one you have!
Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, or any time of the day when the UV Index is 3 or more. Sit in the shade, you'll feel cooler and you won't be in the direct sunlight. Babies under 12 months should always be out of direct sunlight and they require extra protection as their skin is so very sensitivie. Babies over six months can wear sunscreen.
Here are some tips to protect your skin this summer:
- Wear loose fitting, light weight clothes to cover torso, arms and legs.
- Wear a hat - burning your scalp is both painful and dangerous
- Sunscreen is a MUST -use a sunscreen with broad spectrum (offers both UVA and UVB protedction and of course with an SPF of 15 or higher (SPF 30 if you work outdoors or if you will be outside for most of the day). Sunscreen needs to be applied generously at least 20 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply about every 2 hours.
- Wear sunglasses to prevent damage to your eyes.
- Avoid using indoor tanning equipment. Don't be fooled into thinking they are safer, they are not! Tanning lights and sun lamps release UV rays that can cause sunburn, damage skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.
Keep your eyes open for changes in your skin. What you should watch for:
· any change in a birthmark or a mole that changes shape, colour, size or surface
· any new growth on your skin – pale, pearly nodules that may grow larger and crust, or red, scaly, sharply defined patches
· any sore that doesn't heal
· any patch of skin that bleeds, oozes, swells, itches or becomes red and bumpy
If you notice changes see your doctor
Here are two locations that you will find Free Skin Cancer Screenings this month.Mobile Skin Cancer Screening Tour
Saturday, June 16th
Tennessee Funfest Agri Center International
777 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120Face to Face NYC Day Spa
& a Board Certified Dermatologist from St. Vincent 's Hospital
Monday, June 25th
5-8pm (By Appointment Only, Call 212-633-0404)
20 West 20th St, Ste 603,
New York, NY
For more on skin cancer contact the Skin Cancer Foundation
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