Why Should you Protect your Skin from the Sun? An Infographic
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Preventing Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
- One in Five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people.
- About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cacners are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
Indoor Tanning Facts:
- More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking
- As of September 2, 2014, ultraviolet (UV) tanning dvices were reclassified by the FDA from Class I (Low risk) to Class II (moderate Risk) devices.
Skin Aging Facts:
An estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun.
People who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
- Wear sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection
- Wear a hat to protect your head/face
- Stay in the shade (avoid sun from 10am – 4pm)
- Don’t forget to protect your lips
- Apply Sunscreen
Choose the Right Sun Screen
- For light exposure, use SPF 15 and higher, for extended exposure no less than SPF 30
- Ensure it protects against both UVA and UVB Rays
- SPF 30 will block up to 97% of UVB Rays
- Reapply every 2 hours
- Check expiration date (only lasts 2-3 years
Early detection could save your Life
Examine your body on a regular basis (we recommend monthly). Be on the lookout for any changes on your skin, specifically changes in moles (shape, color, size, and sensitivity). If you come across anything questionable, please consult a physician right away, as early detection can be a life saver.