Skin cancer is avoidable

5 Aug

Do you enjoy relaxing with a good book and a cool drink by laying on a lounge beside the crystal blue waters of a swimming pool in the direct sunshine? It is sure that this type of setting would appeal to the majority of people today. For many of us who live in climates where there is virtually no sunshine for 6-8 months of the year this would be a treat only dreamed of. For this reason we see that many in the northern climates spend a good portion of the sunless winter months in places where the sun shines almost every day. However, there are dangers associated with too much sun that people need to be aware of. These dangers include wrinkles, the leathering and discoloration of the skin, aging and skin cancer.

The important thing to remember about our skin’s exposure to the sun is that these damaging conditions are cumulative. The more that you expose yourself to direct sunlight the more damage to the skin will occur. Therefore, for those of us who love to feel the sun’s warmth we need to do so in a way that is less harmful and more beneficial to our precious skin.

How to prevent skin cancer

Skin cancer preventionThe suns ultra-violet rays are most harmful between the hours of 10 am in the morning and 4 pm in the afternoon. If you are out and about during those hours you should try to stick to the protection of shade whenever possible. Some of the ways that you can do this is by bringing along a sun umbrella or by wearing a hat to protect your head.

Also, try to utilize the times before peak ultra-violet ray times to enjoy the great outdoors. Be sun smart about when you spend time in the direct sun and how much time to spend in it.

An obvious key point to everyone is that we should at all costs avoid burning our skin. This may seem like a logical point that people should know but have you ever been down to a crowded beach on a sunny day? It is amazing how many people allow themselves to get their skin burned by the sun. It is almost as if they want to get a sunburn. If they were truly aware of the future potential damage to their skin, they would certainly rethink about allowing themselves to get a sunburn.