Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is easily preventable. When sunscreen is used on a regular basis, your clients’ chance of developing skin cancer decreases.
4 Tips to be Sun Safe
Remind your clients to protect themselves against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Here are some great tips on how your clients can be sun safe:
- Wear SPF 30 or above regularly, especially when outdoors, using a full 1-ounce portion to cover all exposed parts of the body.
- Be sure to rub the sunscreen in thoroughly and to reapply every two hours.
- Wear a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses.
- Don’t forget the tops of ears, feet and back of the hands!
Sun Safe Beyond Summer
IMPACT Melanoma, a national non-profit aimed at reducing the incidence of melanoma, is committed to sun safety. Recently, the organization conducted an independent national survey of 1,016 adults inquiring about the frequency of sunscreen application by season, sunscreen preference and opinions about free public sunscreen.
The results were in some ways anticipated with 86% of participants using sunscreen “always” or “sometimes” in the summer months, but also surprising, finding a nearly complete reversal of use between summer and fall, lower use of sunscreen in Southern states despite the warmer climates, and a concerning lack of use among African Americans, even in summer months.
Remind your clients that it is important to protect themselves all year long as the sun’s harmful UV rays are always present!