Safe Sun Tips are essential in the Arizona. We all know that too much of a good thing, can actually turn out to be a bad thing.
Here in Arizona, with over 300 days of much more intense sun than, say for example, the Midwest, it is even more important that you apply the necessary steps needed to protect yourself and your loved ones in the sun.
I love the sun as many do, but realize that I especially need to be careful whenever I am in the sun. If you have blond hair and blue eyes, as I do, you know just how easily you can sustain a sunburn and understand the importance of Safe Sun Tips.
Nowadays, there is fortunately a greater awareness to skin cancer which has caused many sun worshipers to limit their time in the sun as well as apply more sun protection than before.
The significance of skin cancer is something very serious and something that needs to be taken seriously. According to the Arizona Skin Cancer Society, one third of all new cancers that are detected, are skin cancers.
The center reports that here in the United States, every minute a new case of skin cancer is discovered and more than 900,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
Specifically here in Arizona, the Arizona Cancer Society reports that these rates are actually higher. They also note that those of us who live in Arizona, are three to seven times more more likely to develop what they refer to as "non-melanoma skin cancer."
Ok, so that is the bad news. Would you like the good news? Well, the good news is, I believe, the most important news.
If skin cancer is detected early, the Arizona Cancer Society says that most cancers are curable. You can still enjoy the sun; you just need to protect yourself every time that you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time and make sure that you use your Safe Sun Tips.
Prevention is key to ensure that you or someone never goes down the skin cancer path. There are various locations in certain areas of the United States that the American Academy of Dermatology reports where you can get a free skin cancer screening.
There are volunteer dermatologists who provide this free service in certain parts of their communities as part of the "American Academy of Dermatology's National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening program."
If you are looking to find a skin cancer screening in your area, you can log onto www.aad.org where you can type in your city and state to see if there is a free cancer screening in the area where you reside. This organization also states on their site that they update their listings weekly.
1. Use sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) no less than 15. The higher the number, the better. This will provide a broad spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) as well as ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply the sun protectant lotion at least every two hours. You should also use sunscreen after swimming or sweating.
2. Wear protective clothing and don't be afraid to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Here in Arizona, I have seen many people wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants whose profession requires them to work in the sun, along with a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. This is extremely important especially between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun's rays are the strongest.
3. Take breaks from the immediate sun and seek shade when possible. Again, remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM and if you are near the sun, water or sand, this will greatly increase your chances of getting sunburned.
4. Don't forget the kids! Set a good example of safe Sun Tips if you have kids and remember to protect them, too, from sunburn. Apply sunscreen lotion to them frequently.
5. Don't seek the sun for your vitamin D source. You can easily get vitamin D through a diet rich in vitamins. Vitamin D source examples include: mushrooms, brewer's yeast, eggs,fish, fish oil and wheat bran. A good high quality vitamin will also supply adequate vitamin D, too.
6. Avoid tanning beds! Tanning beds have Ultraviolet light that can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. There are alternative lotions that you can buy, some better than others, that can be applied to give you the appearance of a tan, if so desired.
7. Pay attention to your skin. If you see any changes, such as a growth that was not previously there, or if you see something on your skin that is bleeding, see a dermatologist sooner than later.
8. Remember that skin cancer is very treatable when caught early so seek a doctor if you question anything unfamiliar.
9. Remember that anyone can get sunburned. While Caucasians are at a greater risk for skin cancer, no matter how naturally dark your skin may be, you can still cause damage to your skin caused by too much sun. Just a few serious sunburns can greatly increase your chances of getting skin cancer later. Take care when in the sun and use your Safe Sun Tips.
10. Make sure that you apply sunscreen on cloudy days, as you can still get sunburned on cloudy days and keep your Safe Sun Tips fresh in your mind at all times when in the sun.