Protect Your Skin this Summer: Five Easy Tips

Last month was Skin Cancer Awareness Month. No one wants to spend their sunny days at the pool thinking about the cancer risk, but it’s important to understand how dangerous the sun is to our skin. Skin cancer is the most common cancer – 5 million new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to protect your skin from skin cancer. Kansas City will be hot and sunny this summer. Here are five simply skin cancer prevention tips for you and your family:

Easy Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer

Wear Sunscreen Regularly

Chances are your kiddos will be out in the sun this summer, whether you’re visiting the Kansas City Zoo, enjoying the water around at your neighborhood pool or Oceans of Fun, or hanging out at your favorite lake. The best and simplest step to skin cancer prevention is wearing sunscreen whenever you’re outside. Experts recommend using an ounce of sunscreen for every application and reapplying every 2 hours or right after swimming, using a towel, or sweating excessively – anything that might wick the protection from your skin.

Did you know that sunlight can’t just hurt you through direct outdoor exposure? To get the best protection results, apply sunscreen when you know you’ll be exposed to strong sunlight through a window. Long distance road trips or working by a window for a long time can expose you and your skin to lots of ultraviolet rays.

Stay in the Shade

Vitamin D is great for our moods, but direct sunlight can be dangerous. If you are going to be outside for an extended period at a community carnival, Royals game, or a concert, try to find a shady spot and claim it as your own. Bring an umbrella or a large hat to the pool. Kansas City has some beautiful parks with large, shady trees to rest under. You don’t have to avoid all sun exposure for maximum skin cancer prevention, but keeping to the shade will work wonders!

Cover Up

Practice good skin protection habits by covering up with clothing. Long sleeves will give you the best protection — try cotton, which is lightweight. Don’t forget the wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses! Covering your skin will help to significantly reduce your cancer risk.

Stay Away from Tanning Beds

Myth: Tanning beds aren’t “real” sunlight, so they don’t cause cancer. This is false. Tanning beds use ultraviolet radiation to warm your skin tone, the same cancer-causing rays put out by the sun. Skip an artificial tan for maximum skin cancer prevention.

Regularly Check Your Skin

Skin cancer can be treated if caught early enough, so routinely examine your skin to see if you need skin cancer treatment. It’s important to regularly check over your entire body and look for moles that have an asymmetrical border or have changed in shape or size. See a dermatologist right away if you notice anything unusual.

Skin Cancer Prevention at Test Smartly Labs

In addition to practicing the recommended skin cancer prevention tips, you can also lower your cancer risk by regularly monitoring your health with cancer screening at Test Smartly Labs. Walk into any of our facilities at any time and order your own cancer panel, no doctor’s orders or insurance required.


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