Sometimes we’re able to find simple solutions to major problems, and they may only require one or two quick changes. Considering our health, we should always strive to maintain our bodies and do what we can to prevent all kinds of injury, illness, and disease. Our skin doesn’t always seem like one of the most important parts of our body to take care of, but it is. It’s the body’s largest organ, and we often fail to recognize its significance; our skin is also extremely vulnerable to one particular disease. There are three million new cases of skin cancer each year in the U.S., and 90% of them are caused by the sun. What changes can we make in our daily lives to prevent something as serious as skin cancer? The answer always looks up to the sun. Unprotected skin is never a good thing; luckily, awareness of this problem is spreading quickly. There are a few small adjustments you can make to your outdoor life to protect against skin cancer:
- Stay out of the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. The sun’s rays are the strongest and unprotected skin could be seriously damaged during this time.
- Burned skin is NEVER a good thing. Each burn increases your chance of developing melanoma, which isn’t worth the tan.
- Always cover up when spending long periods of time in the sun. This includes clothing and a strong sunscreen (SPF 15+).
They aren’t hugely difficult changes you can make. However, they mean the difference between healthy and possibly cancerous skin. Make sure you treat this vital organ well and cherish the skin you’re in.