Sun damage can be more than cosmetic
Over time, taking in the sun without any protection can lead to problems — from dry skin and wrinkles to skin cancer.
Common skin cancers — what to look for
- Basal cell carcinoma — pearly, slow-growing, raised areas that may crust and bleed
- Squamous cell carcinoma — show as red or pink, scaly bumps
- Malignant melanoma — begin as a dark brown or black spot that may later change in shape or color; can be fatal
All of these skin cancers are treatable if found early.
Sunscreen is a good way to protect your skin from the sun and help prevent skin cancer.
At the very least, use lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. But SPF 30 offers better protection. And remember to put more on every 1 to 2 hours, whether you are swimming or not.
Did you know?
According to The American Cancer Society:
There are more people diagnosed with skin cancer every year in the United States than all other Cancers combined.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.