Beyond sunscreen: How to protect your skin
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.
The most common form, called melanoma, is the leading cause of death among women ages 25 to 30 — and the biggest culprit is the sun. In fact, ultraviolet exposure is linked to about 90% of skin cancer cases and nearly all forms of skin aging.
Philip Bailin M.D., the director of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic at Cleveland Clinic, said “it’s going up dramatically and particularly with melanoma which is the most serious form of skin cancer.”
Doctors say to wear broad spectrum sunscreen every day and reapply every two hours when outdoors, but what else can you do to protect yourself?
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found taking a 500-milligram supplement of vitamin B3 called niacinamide twice a day reduced the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer by 23%. Clothing with built-in SPF can also shield you from harmful rays.
However, Bailin said "increased sun exposure is the number one factor."
“More people have more leisure time, they wear less amount of clothing, they tend to get sunburned,” Bailin said.
New devices known as UV trackers can help you measure how much time you spend in the sun. You’ll receive an alert when you’ve reached unsafe levels, so you can find shade and save your skin.
Some more things to remember:
- Patchy sunscreen application leaves skin vulnerable to cancer
- 5-10% of skin cancers occur on the eyelids
- At risk are tips of ears, back of necks and around the hairline.
Contributor(s) to this news report include: Julie Marks, Writer and Robert Walko, Editor.