Dermatologists Encourage Sports Fans to "Be Sun Smartģ"
The many hours spent in the midday
sun cheering for a favorite athlete or team puts fans at risk for
skin cancer, a potentially life-threatening condition that affects 1
in 5 Americans. Dermatologists say sports fans can still enjoy
watching an outdoor sport. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk
factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma.1,2 You
can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer by
following the Be Sun Smartģ guidelines:
Generously apply a
sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30
or more to all exposed skin. "Broad-spectrum" provides
protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB)
approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or
Wear protective clothing,
such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and
sunglasses, where possible.
Seek shade when appropriate,
remembering that the sunís rays are strongest between 10 a.m.
and 4 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
Use extra caution near water,
snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun
which can increase your chance of sunburn.
Get vitamin D safely through
a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements. Donít seek the sun.3
Avoid tanning beds.
Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin
cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, consider using a self-tanning product, but
continue to use sunscreen with it.
Check your birthday suit on your
birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or
bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very
treatable when caught early.
American Cancer Society.
Cancer Facts and Figures 2010.
2 Robinson, JK. Sun Exposure, Sun Protection and Vitamin
D. JAMA 2005; 294: 1541-43.
3 Hemminki K, Dong C. Subsequent cancers after in situ
and invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. Arch Dermatol
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