The cold of winter is finally gone and the warm sunshine of summer is almost here! That means fun, family activities outside, but it also means increased exposure to the sun.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer.
The good news is there are plenty of steps you can take to keep you and your family safe this summer!
Wear sunscreen. A broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is best and should be worn anytime you are outside.
Reapply sunscreen.Sunscreen should be applied every two hours, after swimming or sweating.
Seek shade. Remember, the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A good rule of thumb: if your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade!
Wear protective clothing.Lightweight long-sleeve shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses will all help protect you.
Tanning beds and sunlamps can also cause skin cancer and should be avoided.
Lexington Clinic Dermatology providers a wide-range of medical and cosmetic services and is able to assist with skin cancer screenings. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (859) 258-5270 or visit LexingtonClinic.com/dermatology.
Lexington Clinic is Central Kentucky’s largest and oldest medical group. With 200+ providers in more than 30 specialties, we have been taking care of 600,000+ patients annually in the Lexington community since 1920.