Now that the weather has warmed up, everyone wants to be outside. But before you head out the door, remember to apply your sunscreen.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Each year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the US and many could have been prevented. Also, most of the skin damage we associate with aging, such as wrinkles, sagging, leathering, and discoloration is actually caused by ultraviolet rays. To enjoy what the sun has to offer without risking your health, follow these simple rules:
- Seek the shade, especially during the peak sun hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher every day.
- Apply sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming, exercising or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun, and use sunscreens on babies over the age of six months.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- See your dermatologist every year for a professional skin exam.
To schedule an annual skin exam or if you are concerned about a spot or sore on your body call the Meriter Dermatology Clinic at 608.417.8550 or request an appointment online at meriter.com/dermatology.