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Sunscreen & skin health

It’s getting warmer, and we’re already dreaming of the beach and pool. With many kids already outside playing sports, it’s important to make sure you and your kids are protecting your skin.

Wearing sunscreen whenever you spend time outdoors is extremely important because the more sunburns you have, the more likely you are to develop skin cancer. There is really no such thing as a “healthy” tan – all exposure to UV light boosts your risk of skin cancer.

Look for these items on the label when buying sunscreen.

·         Broad Spectrum

·         SPF 30 or higher

·         Water resistant or very water resistant (for up to 40-80 hours)

You should apply about one ounce of sunscreen every two hours or any time you get wet.

Many of us adults have had plenty of sunburns in our lives. It’s important to monitor your skin for any changes that could be a sign of skin cancer.

If you notice any of these skin cancer signs, see your doctor.

·         A pearly or waxy bump or a flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion, usually on the neck or face

·         A firm, red nodule or a flat lesion with a crusted surface, usually on the face, ear and hands

·         A large brownish spot with darker speckles

·         A mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds

·         A small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or black

·         Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes

Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and umbrella when you head out to the beach this summer!

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

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