Fun in the Sun
we’re ready for some Fun in the sun, finally!
However we wouldn’t be your trusted community oncologists if we didn’t provide you some information about skin cancer, especially during skin cancer awareness month!
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70? Having more than 5 sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk of the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma. So, with those staggering statistics in mind your team at Nebraska Cancer Specialists has some tips for you to stay safe in the summer sun!
Always wear your sunscreen – not only will this protect your skin, but it also has anti-aging benefits. When skin is exposed to the sun, it can tan, burn, form freckles, and age. We know you want that warm summer glow, but do it safely by reapplying your sunscreen after being in water, and for sure every two hours!
Seek shade during the sun’s highest intensity – typically between 2 and 4 in the afternoon, the sun is at peak intensity. This means its rays are the most harmful. Protect yourself and your children by doing a fun indoor activity. Feel free to re-enter the outdoors when the sun has peaked and starts to cool down!
Perform monthly skin checks – if you see a new or changing lesion on your skin, see your dermatologist right away! Understand the ABCDE’s of skin cancer: asymmetry, borders, color, diameter, and evolution of the spot (is it changing color, size, etc.). If something seems amiss, see your medical provider.
While receiving chemotherapy, your skin is ultra-sensitive to the sun – we want you to enjoy your summer but we also want you to remain protected at all times! Wear a hat and your favorite shades, throw on a linen coverup, and sit under an umbrella while you read, watch the kids play, and make sure you stay hydrated.
Summer fun is, well…FUN! Let’s keep it fun by staying safe.