July is National UV Safety Month. Here at All Best Home Care we want to bring awareness to the harm ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause on your skin and what you can do to protect yourself.
No matter what your age is, UV ray exposure comes with risks. The sun emits radiation known as UVA and UVB rays. Both types of UV ray can damage your eyes and skin. The difference between UVA and UVB rays is their wavelength. UVB rays have a shorter wavelength that reaches the outer layer of your skin, while UVA rays have a longer wavelength that reaches to the middle layer of your skin. Protect your skin and eyes from UV rays by following the steps below.
Step to Protect Your Skin:
Wear sunscreen. Seems like an easy decision, but it’s worth repeating over and over again. The FDA recommends using a sunscreen with at least 15 SPF and that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Apply the right amount of sunscreen. Most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. When out in the sun, it’s important to apply at least one ounce, around a palmful, of sunscreen every two hours. Those with more sensitive skin may need to apply more often. You should also apply more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
Stay in the shade. If possible, avoid being in direct sunlight during midday when the sun’s rays are most direct. This will help to further protect your skin. But remember, the sun can still cause damage on cloudy days or even in the winter. Therefore, is it important to protect your skin and eyes throughout the year.
Cover up. It’s recommended to shield as much of your skin as possible to protect it from the sun’s rays. This means wearing items such as a hat and sunglasses for protection. And, if weather permits, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.
By following these suggested precautions, you and your loved ones can enjoy the outdoors and be safe from the sun’s UV rays. This is of the utmost importance if you want to avoid the greatest risk of UV exposure: Skin Cancer.
Each year more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. than new cases of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. And, one American dies from skin cancer every hour. Unprotected exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Everyone should follow the steps above, to help lower skin cancer’s growing cases. Even older adults need to protect their skin. Though some cases of skin cancer can take years to form, it can also act quickly, impacting people of all ages.
No matter how well you’ve protected your skin throughout the year, you should examine your skin head-to-toe once a month, looking for suspicious spots. If you suspect you or a loved one may have skin cancer remember the ABCDE rule when evaluating the spot in question.
A – Asymmetry: One half of the mole doesn’t match the other.
B – Border: The mole has an irregular border that is not clearly defined.
C – Color: The mole is not uniform in color, or has changed color over time.
D – Diameter: The mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser (6mm).
E – Evolving: The mole has changed in size, shape, or color over time.
If any spots are questionable, visit your dermatologist for further examination.
All Best Home Care is a home care services provider in the Greater Louisville, KY area. We strive to offer our clients the highest quality of life and independence possible. Call us for a free in-home assessment at (502) 456-2273.