Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Summer is almost here! It’s time to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the sun. But remember to keep your skin safe while enjoying the sunny weather.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer with these seven tips:

  1. Seek shade. Find a shaded spot under an umbrella, tree or tent. Considering bringing your own small, pop-up tent to outdoor activities for shade.
  2. Avoid the sunniest parts of the day. The sun is at its peak during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March through October and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November through February.
  3. Research your sunscreen. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on cloudy days.
  4. Make sure your sunscreen is not expired. Remember to check your sunscreen’s expiration date. According to the CDC, sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years.
  5. Don’t forget your shades. Sunglasses protect both your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes from UV rays.
  6. Cover up with clothing. Long-sleeved shirts and pants can provide protection from UV rays. Some clothing advertises itself as having an ultraviolet protection factor. A typical t-shirt will have an SPF rating lower than 15.
  7. See your doctor if something looks suspicious. Talk to your doctor if you notice changes in your skin such as new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or changes in an old growth.

Norman Regional has a team of primary and specialty care doctors to help you manage your health. Let us help you find a healthcare provider by calling 405-515-5000.