Taking care of your health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Baylor College of Medicine experts have plenty of tips to help you stay healthy. This month’s Health Hint offers advice on skin cancer and sun safety – important information year-round but especially as we enter the summer months.
While no one is immune to skin cancer, certain factors help identify those at risk, including having fair skin, a history of sunburns, more than 50 moles or atypical moles and a close relative who has had melanoma. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the leading contributing factor to skin cancer. To protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, follow these tips:
- Avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.
- Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both types of ultraviolet light – UVA and UVB – at least 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply it every two hours.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and tightly woven clothing that will block ultraviolet light.
Dr. Ida Orengo, Professor of Dermatology