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10 Tips To Prevent Skin Cancer

May 28, 2012

Summer is finally sneaking up on us in Alberta. Since 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer, it is time we take Sun Safety seriously.

10 Tips to prevent Skin Cancer

1. Slop on the Sunscreen

  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, pretecting agains UVA as well as UVB rays.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every 2 hours, more often when perspiring or swimming.

2. Reduce Sun Exposure

  • Especially between 11am and 4pm during the summer months, when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. Reduce exposure to the sun when the UV index is 3 or higher.

3. Seek some Shade

  • Seek shade under trees, wear a broad-rimmed hat or use an umbrella.
  • Wear tight weave clothing to cover your arms and legs. Even gloves are a good idea.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.

4. Beware of the Clouds

  • You can get a sunburn even on a cloudy day. Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog. Don’t be fooled by clouds.

5. Beware of Reflection

  • Water, white sand, snow and concrete can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s damaging UV rays.

6. Protect your Eyes

  • Radiation from the sun can cause cell damage in your eyes. UV radiation from the sun increases the risk of developing cataracts later in life. UV radiation can also cause skin cancer on the eyelid or on the surface of the eye. Protect your eyes with proper sunglasses. Make sure your sunglasses offer complete UVA and UVB protection.

7. Keep your Kids Safe

  • The most harmful effects of sun exposure occur during early childhood. Keep babies out of direct sunlight.
  • Do not apply sunscreen to a baby less than 6 months old.
  • Never let infants play or sleep in the sun in a playpen, stroller or carriage.
  • Never let young children stay in the sun for long periods, even when wearing sunscreen.
  • Get your children used to wearing sunscreen lotion early on. Use waterproof sunscreen when on the beach or playing in water.
  • Have your child wear sunglasses that protect their eyes against UVA and UVB.
  • Make sure your child wears a wide brimmed hat and that arms and legs are covered when playing in the sun.

8. Avoid Tanning Lamps

  • Encourage teenagers to avoid using tanning lamps. Health Canada does not recommend the use of tanning equipment – especially for people under the age of 18.
  • Use self-tanner from a bottle instead.

9. Spot check your Moles

Examine your moles and freckles regularly and watch for any changes. See your doctor right away if you notice any of the following:

  • abnormally dark or dicoloured patches or spots
  • bleeding, crusting or change in the colour, size or shape of a mole

10. Medication and Sun Exposure

  • Beware that certain medications can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your medication.

Skin cancer is preventable. Let’s use some common sense and follow the above steps to stay safe in the sun.

Planning a trip during your summer holidays? Please let your security monitoring station know with up-to-date information on departure dates on who to contact during your absence.

If you don’t have a security system or don’t have it monitored, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You will be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, (780) 288-2986.

www.SafewithUlli.com

 

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