Sun Screen and Skin Cancer

photo by: bbc.com

If I put on sunscreen daily, it will prevent skin cancer, right? Reading this article as a woman in my late 20s was a wake-up call. The editor of Self Magazine reminds readers of the importance of skin protection when it comes to preventing skin cancer.

The most important lesson we can take from her experience is that it is often the areas we don’t think about that turn out to be the parts of our bodies where skin cancer can affect us most. The editor found her cancer was basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and it was at her hairline.  As a beauty editor, she is aware of how dangerous UV rays can be.

How could someone as careful as she was have gotten skin cancer?

It turns out that on a cellular level, 80%of BCCs are from sun damage that happened before the age of 18. This type of skin cancer is hardly ever metastic, and treatment is almost 100% effective.  So while skin cancer can sneak up on people, the majority of BCCs are detected through screenings. Most dermatologists suggest yearly full-body checks, but even minor changes should send you to the doctor.

Make a pledge to shield your skin from the damage that the sun can do.  Be aware of any skin discoloration so you can catch these things early. To avoid further potential UV damage, you need to wear SPF 30 or higher, and you must reapply sun protection every two hours. To protect your scalp, it is recommended to apply SPF45 along the hairline and your hair’s part, and wear a hat with a brim.

For more on how to prevent skin cancer, read the full article here:
I Was Diagnosed With Skin Cancer, And Now I’ll Never Sunbathe Without A Hat Again