June is National Cancer from the Sun Month and EZ-ACCESS wants to be sure you know best practices to avoid sun burns and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and it affects over two million people each year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Because of these startling statistics, it is essential that you wear sunscreen, especially during the summer when the sun gives off stronger rays. Since it is National Cancer from the Sun Month, EZ-ACCESS has compiled a list of tips for you to follow for sun safety at the beach, in the backyard, or anywhere you may encounter the sun.
- Seek shade when possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun is most powerful and when sun burns are likely to occur.
- Even one burn can increase your risk of skin cancer, so avoiding sun burns all together will lower your risk of getting melanoma or any other form of skin cancer.
- Sunscreen is the top way to promote sun safety. Use sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Proof Factor) of 15 or higher each day. Wearing sunscreen everyday will ensure that you are protected from the sun’s rays. The higher the SPF the better, particularly for those who burn easily.
- Wear wide brimmed hats for protecting your face. You can find a fun and fashionable hat to protect your face from burning while looking fabulous. Wearing a moisturizer everyday can help to protect your face during all seasons.
EZ-ACCESS is concerned about the welfare of every part of you and skin health is essential to your wellbeing because it is the first line of defense for your body. Summertime is all about being outdoors, having barbeques, and exploring your surroundings. Always keep sun safety in mind. These steps can help better the health of your skin and help with the prevention of all forms of skin cancer.