Whether at the park, the beach or the pool, it’s just plain commonsense to load up on sunscreen. Unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can put you at risk for skin cancer, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
Did You Know?
Skin Cancer Facts from The Skin Cancer Foundation:
- About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
- Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
Baby and children’s skin are especially sensitive to the harsh rays of the sun. Generally, children under the age of six-months should stay out of the sun as much as possible (especially during prime time!). It’s also a good idea to check with your pediatrician before using any sunscreen on their delicate skin.
Skin Protection Suggestions
To decrease everyone’s risk, try these tips:
- Limit exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Apply sunscreen on the kids at least 20 minutes before heading out – and don’t be afraid if you think you’re using more than you think necessary. Better safe than sorry!
- Regularly use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen with a value of 15 or higher. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every hour as needed, particularly after swimming or perspiring.
- Use sunscreen even on cold or cloudy days. Remember, UV rays can reflect off water, cement, sand and snow.
- Your lips need protection, too—use an SPF 15 or higher lip balm. And don’t forget your ears, neck and scalp!