While Jersey Shore may show popularity of tanning, we’re seeing more and more awareness regarding the dangers of the sun as well as indoor tanning beds. The statistics on skin cancer are alarming. Here are a few stats from sources listed on the Skin Cancer Foundation website.
- “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US.
- 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
- One person dies of melanoma every hour (62 minutes).
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
- The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma continues to rise at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
- Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an affiliate of the World Health Organization, includes ultraviolet (UV) tanning devices in its Group 1, a list of the most dangerous cancer-causing substances. Group 1 also includes agents such as plutonium, cigarettes, and solar UV radiation.”
Create a Sun Protection Regimen: With these scary statistics, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun and practice sun safety. In honor of the end of Melanoma May or Skin Cancer Awareness month, I’m sharing some beauty award-winning products to protect your skin and some fun celeb fav accessories as well.
- Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours. I love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 85 (InStyle Best Body Sunscreen Award 2012)
- For incidental sun exposure, protect your face daily with a facial moisturizer that contains the added benefit of sun protection. Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30
- Use a lip balm with sun protection.- Banana Boat Sport Performance Lip Balm is a SPF 50.
- Sunglasses are a must. Have some fun and find your style. Reese Witherspoon chose the Ray-Ban Wayfarer trend earlier this year.
- Wear a stylish sun hat. Definitely a favorite accessory among celebs.
The Skin Cancer Foundation also has recommended guidelines to follow when you’re in the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends an annual exam with your dermatologist and self exams at home. The Melanoma Research Foundation says to look for any spots that show signs of the ABCDE’s of melanoma (Asymmetrical Shape, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolution). On the AAD website, you can search for a dermatologist near you or go to a free skin cancer screening this summer. If you live on the east coast, there’s a few free screenings in the month of June sponsored by People Magazine & Neutrogena. Through the end of September, the Skin Cancer Foundation is hosting even more events nationwide with a “Road to Healthy Skin” bus tour. Here’s the schedule. Dermatologists also partner with the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) to provide screenings nationwide. Find one near your zipcode.