Protect your skin with these sun savvy tips

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and with warmer weather arriving soon and more time is spent in the sun, it’s a good time to review best practices to keep yourself healthy. 

While skin cancer can affect anyone, risk factors include: skin that burns easily; light skin and freckles; blond or red hair; a history of excessive sun exposure, including sunburns; and tanning bed use.

Here are a few recommendations from the AAD to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet light:

  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
  • Seek shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest
  • Cover up with a long-sleeved shirt, pants, wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses
  • Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps due to the artificial UV radiation they emit
  • Check your skin for moles and if you see anything changing, growing, or bleeding, see your dermatologist

You may find a dermatologist in your network by visiting MyTeamCare.org, and going to the Find a Provider tab.

Keep healthy! To learn more, visit the American Academy of Dermatology website at www.aad.org.