WHAT’S THE HARM IN SUN BURN?
Did you know that your chances of getting melanoma (skin cancer) double if you have 5 or more sunburns? With global warming we are all at risk.
The two most common non-melanoma skin cancers, Basel cell carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are directly linked to sun accumulation over many years, usually appearing on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, hands, etc.
So put on your factor 50 every time you go out…… or end up like me, having the top of my ear removed to stop it developing.
Tips to stop sunburn
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
- Do not burn.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. A person’s risk for melanoma also doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.