With summer fast approaching and amazing heat already making itself felt, I thought it might be worthwhile to think of some of the positive benefits the sun brings to us.
For my money outside exercise usually beats inside the health club, but please don’t forget that when it comes to sunshine, a little goes a long way. Check out my Page – How to deal with extreme heat for more details.
Thanks to my friends at the solarcentre for the infographic.
There is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. So says Dr. Neda Ashourian of the Northwestern Skin Cancer Institute, Ltd. Speaking before the hospital’s Healthy Transitions group, Dr. Ashourian said that the best you can get is water-resistant sunscreen. So reapply when you come out of the water.
On that subject she said that when buying sunscreen to get SPF 30 or greater. It is critical to look for the terms Broad Spectrum on the container. If those words aren’t present, the sunscreen, no matter how high the SPF rating, may not protect you from the damaging Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays of the sun.
Some other dangers from sun included – windows. The UVA rays can penetrate windows, but not the Ultraviolet B (UVB).
You can get sunburn on a cloudy day because 80 percent of the sun’s rays penetrate clouds and fog.
At the beach sand reflects ultraviolet rays so you have to be doubly careful there and be certain that you have fresh sunscreen on. You need to reapply sunscreen after two hours because it wears off.
Finally, the end of summer is not the end of danger from ultraviolet light. Snow reflects UV light so you need to protect your face when skiing or engaging in other outdoor activities.
I have written about sunburn several times in the past couple of weeks and I want to reiterate probably the most important concept I have learned, namely there is no such thing as a healthy tan. I am disturbed to realize that as I have always prided myself on the nice tan that I got out riding in the sun. But, a “nice tan” is the siren song of skin cancer. Pay her no heed.
On a related subject, please check out my Page – How to Deal With Extreme Heat.
After posting the very informative infographic on skin cancer detection yesterday, I have run across this new one today and wanted to share it with you. This one has more to do with protecting yourself from skin cancer rather than recognizing its signs.
Cover up. My dermatologist says, “There is no such thing as a healthy tan.”
If you want to read further on it, you can check out my Page – Skin Cancer Facts in General and My Three Skin Cancer Surgeries in Particular.
Remember, Broad Spectrum sun block is what you need.
May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Makes sense. We should be coming into some sunny days right now. (Unless you live in Chicago as I do where we still have March temps).
In order to get through the coming sunny days herewith a list of links of all the items I have filed on skin cancer and sunburn since the blog began in 2010. This includes my own bout with skin cancer in 2012.
Looking at your face in the mirror, things that change in size, shape or color can be skin cancer.
Remember the words my dermatologist told me, “There’s no such thing as a healthy tan.”
Myths and facts about sunburn and sunscreen
Vitamin D and Your Body – Harvard
How to protect yourself from sunburn and skin cancer
Do I have skin cancer?
What did I learn after being diagnosed with skin cancer?
What happened during my skin cancer surgery?
What about exercise after surgery?
Important facts about skin cancer?
What to do about extreme heat