Between 1973 and 2002, the mortality rate from melanoma increased by 65% in middle-aged men. This is partly due to the fact that men are less likely than women to go to a dermatologist to have their moles checked.
Sunscreen is important in helping to prevent skin cancer, but more is needed. Avoiding sunlight when it’s at its strongest, wearing long-sleeved apparel, and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes are all important too.
Waiting until your sunburn hurts is way past the time to seek shade. A serious sunburn is painful now, but years down the road, it can actually lead to the development of skin cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration is considering capping SPF ratings at 50. Those high SPF (100+ SPF) and more expensive suntan lotions alone don’t provide the protection necessary to prevent skin damage. What’s more important is to provide complete coverage and maintain that coverage all during the time that you’re exposed to the sun’s rays.
You might think that SPF 100 would be twice as good as SPF 50. Wrong! SPF 50 blocks 98% of UV rays, while SPF 100 blocks 99% of UV rays. That’s a pretty petty difference in protection for the huge price difference that you’re likely to find between the two products. Oh, and the old SPF 30 that’s been around forever… it blocks 96.7% of the sun’s harmful rays! For the most part, the more expensive sun blocks are simply hype and advertising. Plus, you need to know how long you can stay in the sun while wearing sunscreen.
In reality, sunscreen should be your second, or even third, line of defense. The fact is, 4 out of 5 name-brand sunscreens offer inadequate protection.
Most people don’t realize that the proper amount of sunscreen for an adult full-body application is 2 to 3 tablespoons — or about one shot glass full. That means, an entire bottle of sunscreen will only last you a few outings! Remember, if you haven’t covered it, then it’s not protected from the sun. Be sure to wear a hat to protect the top of your head too.
Though sunscreen may help prevent or even reduce sunburn, it doesn’t necessarily protect you from skin cancer. Since you’re not burning, you may tend to stay out in the sun longer. That extended exposure may lead to skin cancer. On the other hand, without the use of sunscreen you would be more likely to seek shelter sooner.
Up to 80% of your total lifetime sun exposure is likely to take place before you reach the age of 18. Protecting young children will establish a pattern toward a healthy way of life that they will carry with them through adulthood.
Over 600 products carry the official seal, indicating they meet or exceed the minimum requirements set by the Foundation as to their effectiveness, moisture resistance, and skin irritation. This seal can also be found on such products as window film and sunglasses.
-Courtesy of http://health.thefuntimesguide.com