Minimize Your Risks for Skin Cancer This Summer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A lot of people are anxious to finally get out in the sun now that temperatures are warming up in the Ozarks.  But there are skin protections you need to keep in mind to avoid skin cancer.

Dr. Barbara Bumberry with Mercy Springfield is here to talk over skin cancer and prevention.

Skin cancer statistics are harsh.

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives.
1 person dies from melanoma every hour.
The risk for melanoma doubles after more than 5 sunburns.

SPF - Sun Protection Factor. Increases the time it takes for a sunburn to develop.
If it normally takes 10 minutes to burn, with an SPF of 30, it will take 300 minutes (10x30) or 5 hours.
It takes about 1 oz (the size of a shot glass) to cover the body.
Should be used by anyone over the age of 6 months.
Need to reapply more often when in the water or sweating a lot.
You can also find SPF protection in make-up, moisturizers, lip balm.
Look for "water resistant" and "broad spectrum" products.

Other ways to protect the skin:
Wear clothing with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating.
Wear long sleeves and sunglasses.
Wear a wide brimmed hat.
Avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm.
Use an umbrella for cover.
Avoid tanning beds.

Tanning Beds:
17,000 teens have used a tanning bed at least once.
Over 400,000 skin cancers per year are linked to tanning bed use.
Using a tanning bed before age 35 increases one's risk for melanoma by 75%
Many countries prohibit their use.

Slip on a shirt
Slop on sunscreen
Slap on a shirt
Wrap sunglasses on

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