Even though we live in an era when knowledge is at everyone’s little finger, we still ignore one bit of important information: it’s dangerous to neglect basic precautions of protection against UV rays – even after developing skin cancer.
According to a new study, this practice has massive repercussions. After analyzing survey results from 760 adults with skin cancer history and more than 34,000 people without the malignancies, researchers discovered that having had skin cancer does not lower one’s odds of sunburn.
Lead author Alexander Fischer, a professor at Johns Hopkins, said the team was surprised to see the results. “This population is already at high risk for developing a subsequent skin cancer,” he responded via email.
What’s more shocking is that just 54 percent of those with a skin cancer history wear sunscreen, which still leaves a lot of people damaged by the sun’s UV rays. This is, however, an improvement from the 33 percent of people who haven’t been diagnosed with skin cancer and do use sunscreen.
In the United States alone, one in 5 individuals will develop the disease. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), one in 5 dies from melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, every hour.
So how can you make sure you use sunscreen carefully?
First of all, you must choose your protection; AAD recommends that suggests that everyone should use sunscreen offering broad-spectrum protection to protect the skin from sunburn. The lotion should be water-resistant and with an SPF (sun protection factor) 30 or higher.
When going outdoors, sunscreen should be worn all year long, but it’s no surprise that most of us fail to use it even during summer. It may be surprising to find out that even on cloudy days the UV rays can still penetrate the skin.
As far as spray-on sunscreen is concerned, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t recommend it, because studies have failed to prove their safety. However, it could be better than nothing, so if a spray-on is all you’ve got, spray away.
At the same time, make sure that you reapply properly and at regular intervals. Don’t spread it in too thin of a sheet, and make sure you adjust the amount depending on your body size.
Even if the product claims to be waterproof, reapply after swimming, or every one and half hours when you don’t take dips in the water.
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