The Friday Five – Sun Safety
Follow and join the conversation with #SunSafety, #SunSafeSelfie and #sunscreen.
The most common form of cancer in the United States is skin cancer. While some people may be at a higher risk, anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning beds is the most preventable cause of skin cancer. It is estimated that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
CDC’s #SunSafeSelfie Campaign
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (@CDCgov) suggests following these recommendations to protect yourself from harmful UV rays: staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing (including beach coverups, hats and sunglasses), and applying sunscreen (even on cloudy days.) Their annual campaign asks you to photograph yourself using sun protection, post it on social media and tag it with #SunSafeSelfie to raise awareness about the benefits of sun protection.
Healthy People 2020 Cancer Objectives
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s (@HHSPrevention) Healthy People 2020 has 20 cancer objectives, seven which discuss skin cancer. With a baseline of 2.7 melanoma cancer deaths per 100,000 population occurred in 2007; the target is 2.4 deaths per 100,000 population (10 percent improvement.)
Nurse Lauren’s Sun Safety Tips
Healthcare NOW Radio’s Nurse Lauren reminds us that sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes before you even go outside and reapplied often especially after swimming or sweating. Cover up and stay in the shade when possible. Remember the sun tends to be the hottest between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm. Do you know what type of sunscreen you should be using? Check out her top tips for sun safety including what to look for on sunscreen labels.
The Mayo Clinic’s Tips on a Sunscreen Regime
A day in the sun should be stress-free and burn-free. Get expert tips on your #sunscreen regime.
For more healthy action tips, download the Mayo Clinic app. https://t.co/Gcaoe7fL0z pic.twitter.com/Ma3yxR6HNJ
— Mayo Clinic (@MayoClinic) June 26, 2019
July is UV Safety Awareness Month
The American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer) reminds you that July is UV Safety Awareness Month, but you should Be Safe in the Sun all year. The Skin Cancer Foundation (@SkinCancerOrg) announces their campaign “The Big See” which highlights the characteristics of skin cancer you can see. #TheBigSee.
We’re excited to announce The Big See – a campaign that leverages the seriousness of cancer (the big C) while highlighting the unique characteristics of skin cancer, a cancer you can see. #TheBigSee https://t.co/R2mOQ5Szk7
— SkinCancerFoundation (@SkinCancerOrg) June 26, 2019
American Academy of Dermatology Discusses How to Treat a Sunburn
Did you follow all these tips – but still found you missed some spots? The American Academy of Dermatology (@AADSkin) is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 20,500, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.
Even if you are always diligent about sun protection, you might miss a spot. Follow these tips if you get a sunburn: https://t.co/XV2D972lYq pic.twitter.com/bAKfA9UrED
— AAD (@AADskin) June 3, 2019
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