Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer in the US every year. This makes it the most common form of cancer in the country. But it is often preventable. Consumer Reports offers three simple steps to prevent skin cancer this summer and beyond.
Sunburn can increase the risk of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun's ultraviolet rays. The first step is to use the right sunscreen and apply it properly.
Consumer Reports recommends the use of a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 40, containing chemical agents such as avobenzone. And you want to set it up 1
It's also important to remember that sunscreen can not give you 100% protection. The second step in skin cancer prevention is to always wear clothes and accessories that cover your skin. These include sunglasses to protect the eyes and a wide-brimmed hat to protect the ears and neck.
Step Three: Seek shade under a parasol or a deciduous tree, especially during lunchtime. The sun's rays are strongest between 10 o'clock and 16 o'clock. in spring and summer and from 9 am to 3 pm in autumn and winter. And even when it's cloudy, up to 90 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.
You should avoid the daily sun exposure because the sun is out with you and your skin is attacking in the same way it does when you are on the beach.
If you get sunburn, Consumer Reports recommends a cool shower or bath. Use a soothing lotion with aloe vera, take an anti-inflammatory drug such as aspirin or ibuprofen, and drink plenty of water. And if the burn is severe, see a doctor.