Five Ways to Stay Safe in the Sun
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | June 7, 2021
With the powerful sun rays that come with the summer months, Dr. Weisberg and his staff at Skin Cancer Care Specialists want to make sure you have access to simple ways to protect yourself from preventable skin cancers like basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are 5 ways you can protect your skin from damaging UV rays:
- SHADE: Avoid the sun and stick to shady areas while the sun is at its strongest, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
- SUNSCREEN: Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher before going outside and remember to reapply every two hours. Babies should be kept out of the sun and if they have to be outside be sure they are wearing protective clothing or are in plenty of shade. Sunscreen is not recommended for babies younger than 6 months old.
- CLOTHING: Dress to protect! Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants/skirts. If wearing more clothes isn’t practical wear a shirt or beach cover up, preferably with a UPF rating. You can read more about using UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing to protect yourself in our July 2018 blog.
- HATS: Wearing a long-brimmed hat that shades your face, ears and back of your neck is a powerful tool to ward off skin cancer. If you wear a baseball type hat protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing plenty of sunscreen.
- SUNGLASSES: Protect your eyes from UV rays which cause cataracts. Sunglasses also protect the sensitive skin under your eyes and eyelids.
Dr. Weisberg is an associate of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology and promotes sun safety.
If you would like to schedule a skin screening, please contact our office at 561-775-6011.