STATEN ISLAND, NY – While the summer is officially in full swing, beach trips and pool days are becoming the norm – along with plenty of sun exposure.
Sure, summer can be the funniest and most enjoyable season, but it's also notorious for its harmful effects on the skin. It makes sense: summer clothing is more enlightening and people tend to spend hours in tank tops and bathing suits.
More than 3,000,000 people in the United States develop skin cancer year after year, according to the American Cancer Society. And two-thirds of adults do not use sunscreen on a regular basis, leading to a massive increase in melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The number of American melanoma cases in adults has tripled since 1
So, enjoy your summer, but due to the high risks of death, it is important to keep these statistics in mind: Melanoma cases in women in their 20s have surpassed breast, prostate and colorectal cancer diagnoses
Equally alarming: SkinCancer.org reports that "women who have ever been tanned at home are six times more likely to have melanoma in their 20s than themselves who have never tanned indoors. "  About 30 million people – many of them teenagers – are tanning in the house every year.
There are many things you can do to protect your skin. Here are 10 tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation that you should keep an eye on this summer:
- Use sunscreen every day, even when the weather is murky.
- Wear at least one ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill your palm) for at least 15-30 minutes before you go out into the sun.
- If possible, use lipsticks or lip gloss that have sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) greater than 30. You will be shocked when it comes to avoiding sun damage.
- Even if you do not get sunburned, using a sunscreen that's only 30 SPF does not mean you will not get any skin damage. The higher the SPF, the better.
- Be thorough when applying sunscreen to your skin. Do not forget to lather it on your shoulders, neck neck, upper back, toe and back. Many people forget these areas when they are the places they need the most!
- When swimming in a pool or ocean, remember that water reflects the sun's UV rays. This increases your chances of getting a sunburn.
- Always bring a hat and sunglasses in the summer. This shadows the face, ears and eyes.
- Try to look for a sunscreen brand that is waterproof. It is harder to wipe by mistake and better protects you from damage from UV rays.
- Wear long-sleeved outfits as long as possible to protect your shoulders from the sun.
- Do not forget to reapply: you should foam your whole body every two hours