Basking in the Sun? Prolonged Exposure Increases Chance of Skin Cancer

Protecting Oneself is Imperative for a Healthy Skin

Monday, June 17, 2019 | 8:56 pm

As summer officially begins on Friday, June 21, the days will get warmer, more people across Southern California will enjoy spending time at the beach, as well as participating in outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, camping and swimming.

However, spending too much time in the sun and its harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin cancer, a potentially deadly disease. That’s why it’s imperative for everyone to protect their skin on a daily basis.

“It’s important to know that regardless which sex or race you belong to, you need to protect your skin from UV radiation to lessen your risk of skin cancer,” said Dr. Evette Ramsay, a dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

“Using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher is advisable, and it should be reapplied as needed, including every 1-2 hours when in the water or when perspiring. However, using sunscreen alone isn’t always enough during prolonged sun exposure. That’s why you also should consider taking other steps to protect yourself.”

Protecting your skin
Dr. Ramsay offered the following tips to lessen your chance of getting skin cancer:

• Avoid the sun during its peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Understand that sand, water and snow can reflect 85% of the sun’s rays.
• To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses capable of blocking 99% of UVA and UVB radiation.
• When possible, wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved clothing to cover much of your skin.
• Wear clothing with the UPF label that helps protect against UV radiation.
• Because their skin is more sensitive, completely shield the skin of babies younger than 6 months from the sun.

“It may not be possible to completely prevent skin cancer, but taking these precautions will help,”
Dr. Ramsay said. “Also, keep an eye on new spots or growths on your skin as they could be early signs of skin cancer. With early detection, skin cancer can be treated more easily. That’s why it’s important to regularly have your skin checked by a doctor.”

Kaiser Permanente offers tips on skin cancer prevention, as well as care instructions.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/

 

 

 

 

 

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