Medical Minutes: Understanding Cancer
It's summertime! The sun is out, everyone's outside - are you making sure you skin is sunshine-safe? Harmful UVA rays can really damage your skin, and put you at risk for melanoma, or skin cancer. However, this skin damage can be easily avoided. Here are some tips from Larry Altshuler, M.D. on how to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
1. Limit your sun exposure - Wear clothing that will cover your body from the UVA rays such as a hat, long-sleeved shirt, or long pants.
2. If you're not wearing sun-protective clothing, make sure to apply sun screen every two hours. If you're swimming or sweating, make sure to reapply more often.
3. Avoid spray sunscreens. While these may seem convenient, you risk inhaling chemicals into your lungs.
Use these quick tips to make sure you're protected while having fun in the sun!