It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining – and we’re all tempted to spend more times outdoors soaking up a few rays, sitting by the pool. and heading to the beach.
While there are many benefits to a little sun exposure (feeling better, better sleep, more vitamin D), like many things – the key is moderation. In the pursuit of the perfect tan, many people end up getting too much sun, and overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause a host of problems including wrinkles, dry or irritated skin, premature aging, sun spots, and skin cancer.
While a day out in the sun can be fun, skin cancer is definitely no day at the beach. The statistics about this common disease are staggering:
- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
- Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
- Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.3
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime
- One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes).
- A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns
- One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.
- Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.
So your best defense is to protect yourself – apply sunscreen before you head outing the sun! That sounds simple enough, but with the vast selection of sunscreens with varying levels of SPF protection, how do you determine what option is best? Well since you asked, here’s a great article from SkinCancer.org that explains everything you need to know about picking the right sunscreen!
If you are one of the many people who are experiencing wrinkles, premature aging, or sun spots due to over exposure to the sun, we have a few options to help such as Obagi® skin care products, and Fraxel® – a revolutionary laser treatment. Both are options to help treat sun damage, wrinkles, other signs of aging, and common skin conditions.
So remember, there’s nothing wrong with loving the sun – you just need to protect yourself, and your beautiful skin!