May is National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a reminder to make sure you’re properly protecting your skin from the sun. As the weather gets warmer, the sun gets hotter and it’s important to make sure you’re covered and you aren’t putting yourself at risk. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Seek the shade.
If it’s a beautiful day outside, that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside but it does mean that you need to seek the shade. Put an umbrella up at the beach, or find a shady tree to picnic under.
2. Avoid burning.
Burning increases your risk of skin cancer. So make sure you’re always wearing a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen. You should apply about two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body and make sure that you reapply every two hours.
3. Avoid tanning booths.
Those that go to the tanning bed are 74 percent more likely to get melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Avoid it at all costs and tell everyone you know the same thing.
4. Cover up.
Wear a hat, sunglasses, and proper clothing so that you’re covered up in the sun. While sunscreen is important, it’s also important to make sure you’re properly covered up.
5. Check yourself head-to-toe monthly.
Check your skin every month from head to toe to look for any new moles or existing moles that have changed.
6. Get checked every year.
Get your skin checked every year by a professional dermatologist.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.