Summer 2016: Skin Cancer Prevention

As a cancer survivor, I’ve made it my mission to provide cancer prevention information and education to everyone that I can.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.

Summertime is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air but it’s not just important to beat the heat by staying hydrated.

Follow These Tips To Keep Your Skin At Its Healthiest:

  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day (not just in the summer!)
  • Use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher if you will be outdoors for long periods.
  • Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Do not let yourself burn.
  • Keep covered! Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Between 10 AM and 4 PM – seek shade
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Put it on the calendar: Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • Make it a priority: Schedule an annual professional skin exam with your physician

If you love being outdoors but don’t want to risk sun damage or skin cancer, why not get in touch with us? Our design/build team will work hand-in-hand with you to help provide you with the home oasis that you deserve.


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