Is There A Direct Relationship Between Skin Cancer And The Sun?

When the sun is sitting high in the sky many people set off for a day at the beach to bake their bodies in the sun. We now know that exposure to the sun can cause us serious harm to our skin.

Most people are well aware that it is advised that sunscreen be worn on a daily basis, or whenever you are outdoors even for a brief period of time. Yet, it seems that while many people are aware of the benefits of sunscreen, it is not a part of their daily routine. Most people only consider wearing sunscreen when they are planning a day out in the sun or are partaking in an outdoor activity.Most people hear warnings every day to keep out of the sun when it is strongest, and to prevent damage to our skin from the sun’s rays. Generally, people, especially younger adults, tend to pay little attention to this advice about the sun and skin cancer.

No matter how young or old you are, you need to take good care of your skin. Excessive exposure to the sun will lead to damage eventually even if it doesn’t appear for many years. Therefore, you should prevent damage from the sun when you are young so that it won’t become an issue when you’re older. Many steps can be taken to limit or prevent sun damage.

It is more important when we know that we are going to be spending long hours in direct sunlight, but we are outdoors at other times during our lives that we may not think of sunscreen. That walk at lunch that you take to get some fresh air during your workday is time spent in the sun, the walk to the bus stop in the morning and afternoon is exposure to the sun and any other time that we are out in the direct sun exposing our skin.

The standard protection for sun exposure is to wear an SPF of at least 15 to every area that is exposed to the sun. You should also keep your exposure between the hours of ten AM and three PM to a minimum. This is when the sun is at its strongest. It isn’t just during the summer hours that you should watch your sun exposure. You can still become overexposed to sunlight in the fall and winter seasons. Make sure you are wearing a sunscreen all year round.

Remember to reapply sunscreen several times throughout the day. This is especially important if you have been swimming or engaging in physical activity. Special attention is needed for children; they will not apply sunscreen on their own, and are the most at risk. If they are under six months of age, keep them out of the sun, as sunscreen is not suitable.

Babies and children have extremely delicate skin, and thus are at high risk for sun exposure and even skin cancer. Limit their sun exposure by covering skin and outfitting them with hats.

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