Your Skin Is In: Protect It!

by Erika Solloway on April 11, 2016

When you have a big event coming up, how do you prepare? Do you get a haircut? Maybe visit a tailor to make sure your clothes are a perfect fit? What about going to a tanning bed? Chances are your answer to that question is yes, with research stating about 2.5 million teens using tanning beds each year.

In case you were thinking that tanning beds aren’t that dangerous, tanning beds emit up to 15 times more UV radiation than the sun. According to the Melanoma Foundation of New England, if you use a tanning bed before the age of 35, you’re at a 59% increased risk of melanoma (skin cancer). That’s an incredibly increased risk of getting cancer just for tan skin! Although common, melanoma is extremely dangerous, killing one person about every 50 minutes. The good news is that melanoma is nearly 100% curable when caught early!

skin cancer chart

There is more good news; you can protect yourself from skin cancer with these simple steps:

Make sure to cover up by wearing clothing thick enough to block the sun’s rays.

Use sunscreen of at least SPF 15 which will block out about 93% of the sun’s rays.

Wear a hat and sunglasses when you can to protect your face, neck, and eyes.

Try to limit your exposure in general, and keep in mind that the sun’s UV rays are most intense between 10am and 4pm.

Making a yearly dermatologist appointment will also help you keep healthy, as they can spot things you may not be able to.

Sources: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3166/osha3166.html

http://mfne.org/prevent-melanoma/your-skin-is-in/

 

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