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Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month? With the summer season just around the corner, it's the perfect time to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Here at Phelan Dermatology, we care deeply about your skin health and want to ensure you have the knowledge to stay safe under the sun. Here are some essential tips we recommend for a sun-savvy summer:
Apply sunscreen: Protect your skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days. Remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Seek shade: When the sun is at its strongest, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., try to seek shade under an umbrella, tree, or other forms of shade. This will reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays.
Wear protective clothing: Cover up with lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses. These accessories not only add a fashionable touch to your summer look but also provide extra protection.
Avoid tanning beds: Tanning beds emit harmful UV radiation and increase the risk of skin cancer. Embrace your natural beauty and opt for sunless tanning alternatives instead.
Perform self-examinations: Regularly check your skin for any changes, such as new moles or growths, or existing ones that have changed in size, shape, or color. Early detection is key in the fight against skin cancer.
Stay hydrated: Remember to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, especially during hot summer days.
By following these tips, you can enjoy the summer while keeping your skin safe from the sun's harmful rays. Spread the word during Skin Cancer Awareness Month and help protect those you care about!
At Phelan Dermatology, we are here to support you with any questions or concerns you may have about your skin health. Stay safe, stay protected, and have a sun-sational summer!