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Dermatologists Encourage Sports Fans to "Be Sun Smart
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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 broad-spectrum, water-resistant 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) rays. Re-apply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

  • 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.

References:
1 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 2000;136:647-51.


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