As longer days of summer near, it is essential to wear sun protection to prevent skin damage that can cause premature aging and skin cancers. Skin cancers are rapidly increasing especially on young people and sun exposure is the most preventable cause. Studies show most sun damage happens before the age of 18.

You can lessen risks for your family with these tips.

1. Protect your skin. Reduce exposure to direct sunlight, particularly midday, when the sun is at its brightest. Wide-brim hats and other sun protective garments should be worn if you plan to be outdoors for an extended period of time.

Wear sun block daily on any exposed skin can prevent skin cancers and premature aging. The American Academy of Dermatology has recently released an AAD Seal of RecognitionTM to help consumers find the right product for their
family’s needs.

2. Avoid Tanning. Understand that having a “base” tan does not prevent sun damage. It IS sun damage. Self-tanning products have been proven safe, but you still need sun protection.

3. Examine your skin regularly. Check your skin for suspicious spots, and see a dermatologist if you have a new spot that grows, bleeds, itches, or changes in size, shape or color. If caught early, skin cancer’s cure rate approaches 100%. Catch them when they’re small and they won’t spread. So remember, enjoy the warmth of the sun, but not its rays.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (615) 266-3376 (DERM).