Although you need to protect your skin from the sun year-round, it’s especially important during the summer months. You may be spending more time outdoors, which increases your risk of skin cancer. This is especially true if you are a female or male breast cancer survivor, making you twice as likely to develop melanomas.
One way to reduce your risk of skin cancer is to research which brands of sunscreen use fewer harmful chemicals while providing good UV protection and purchase some. Every time you head outside, even if you’re just going to the store, wear sunscreen on every part of your body. This includes the tops of your ears, nose, and toes. Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses. Put on light-colored clothing, preferably a brand with built-in UV protection. If you plan to be in the sun for a prolonged time, wear a hat. Regularly check your skin for changes in the size, color or shape of moles or other areas of your body and skin. Schedule an annual screen with your dermatologist. If any biopsy or screening comes back with suspicious results, visit more frequently for a full-body screen.
If you or someone you know is battling cancer, learn more about Chix 4 a Cause and our Gifts of Love program. Visit chix4acause.org today.