skin cancer. 5 tips to protect yourself from the sun and limit the risks

This Sunday, June 12, 2022, the week of prevention and awareness for skin cancer screening begins. The opportunity to remind you of some tips to protect yourself from the sun.

Apply sunscreen

It is the basis of all sun protection. Sunscreen is the best protection against sunburn, which increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

Ideally, sunscreen should be applied 10 to 15 minutes before sun exposure. It is also advisable to change a diaper every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.

Rate your sensitivity to the sun

There are 6 types of photos, determined by the color of the skin, eyes and hair. If your phototype is clear, you should favor creams with a high sun protection factor (50+ SPF) and avoid overexposure to the sun.

If you have a lot of moles, you also need to be more careful about sun exposure. These birthmarks can sometimes progress to melanoma, the most dangerous and deadly form of skin cancer.

If you or family members have had melanoma in the past, the risks are also greater.

Wear dark clothing and protect your face

Although it may seem counterintuitive, the The National Association of Dermatologists-Venereologists (SNDV) encourages people to wear dark clothing. A black t-shirt absorbs more heat than a white t-shirt, absorbs UV rays and therefore reduces the risk of sunburn.

Sunglasses are also a must, especially for light-colored eyes, to ward off UV rays. A cap or hat can also protect your face and neck, which are very sun-sensitive parts of your body.

protect children

Every effort must be made to ensure that a baby is not exposed to the sun. Children and adolescents are also more sensitive than adults, especially when it comes to skin and eyes.

Protecting the youngest is essential because sunburn and repeated sun exposure before puberty are a major cause of skin cancer development in adulthood.

Avoid the sun between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

UV radiation is most intense during this time window. It is therefore necessary to do the best to limit your sun exposure and make your schedule as good as possible.

If you are on the beach, look for shady spots. But even in the shade under an umbrella, you still need to put sunscreen on. The sun reflects off the sand and can still cause sunburn, like the reflection off water.

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