The following are five common myths when it comes to protecting yourself from skin cancer.
The first common myth is that wearing sun tan lotion while at the beach is enough protection. Nearly 85% of ultraviolet rays can still reach the surface during cloudy weather. While at the beach you more exposed to the sun and protective sun lotion can lose effect because of swimming and sweating. Reapplying sun lotion at the beach is a good way to continuously reduce risk of skin cancer.
The second common myth is that tanning beds are less dangerous. Spending four hours in the direct sun is approximately equal to twenty minutes using a bed. Tanning beds use ultraviolet-A rays versus ultraviolet-B.
The third common myth is that already having a tan means your better protected from the sun. It’s true that individuals with darker skin are less susceptible to developing skin cancer. However, skin that has been tanned is in reality damaged. Constantly tanning either by the use of tanning beds or from the sun further damages the skin thus raising one’s risk of developing cancer.
The fourth common myth is that you cannot get sunburn on during a cloudy, overcast day. Even though it does not appear that the sun is out on cloudy days, the sun’s ultraviolent rays are still able to reach the Earth’s surface.
The fifth and final common myth is that if you take good care of your skin on a daily basis, you will be well protected from the sun. Skin cancer does not just happen in one day. It develops over years of exposure. By reducing one’s exposure, their overall risk will lower as a result. Some estimate that we receive nearly eighty percent of our exposure during of life time within the first eighteen years.
The real question is what steps are you going to take this year to better protect you and your family from dangerous sun exposure. Some of the precautions are mentioned above, but cautious steps need to be taken to ensure a reduced risk. A good step is to check yourself for blisters and to use protective sun lotion that has a higher than 20 SPF. And most importantly of all is to pass these tips onto your children.