Someone dies from melanoma (skin cancer) in the U.S. each hour! Don’t let someone you love (or yourself) be part of that statistic.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with more than two million people diagnosed annually. In fact, there are more new cases of skin cancer each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.
98% survive a skin cancer diagnosis, particularly when it is caught early.
Even better, for most people skin cancer is preventable. There are several simple steps you can take to reduce your risk and that of family members.
Senior loved ones may feel that because they’ve lived their lives in the sun they don’t need to protect themselves, but convince them it’s not too late to start.
Family Caregiver Sun Protection Tips
We feel that protection from the sun is important to seniors and their family caregivers. For that reason, we prepared a Senior Care Corner Video Family Caregiver Tip on sun protection, which we included below.
Some keys to protecting yourself and loved ones from the sun include:
- Avoid skin exposure during the peak sun hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on sunny days
- Apply sunscreen to exposed skin when out in the sun; choose one with an SPF of at least 15, keeping in mind that recent tests have shown expensive brands and sunscreens with high SPFs often don’t provide more protection than less expensive brands
- Use lip balm or lipstick with at least 15 SPF
- Remember to wear sunglasses in the sun, not for skin cancer prevention but to protect your eyesight
- Cover all exposed areas of skin with sunscreen, protective clothing or a wide-brimmed hat
Check Skin for Possible Cancer Development
Don’t assume preventive steps are providing complete protection, but check your skin frequently. Look for changes in moles or freckles or any marks on your skin that seem suspicious or that you’re just not sure about. Get a family member to help you when it comes to those areas you can’t see yourself.
When you see something suspicious or have a question about something on your skin, ask a dermatologist to check it out for you. Don’t take a chance.
We hope you enjoy this Family Caregiver Video Tip and share it with friends and loved ones!
Be safe in the sun!