Protect your skin from cancer
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer (together with ovarian, colon and lung cancer) responsible for thousands of deaths around the world each year. The good news is that it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer. With a few simple changes to your regular routine, you can help decrease your odds of ever developing skin cancer. Don’t forget to add these tips in your daily routine.
1 Your cup of coffee may help you fend off skin cancer
For each cup of coffee that you drink every day, there’s a 5 percent chance of dropping the chances of developing non-melanoma skin cancer later in life, researchers report. It’s possible that coffee’s antioxidant effect helps to protect against skin cancer, but part of it may be that people who drink a lot of coffee tend to stay indoors more. However, drink your coffee in normal amounts.
2 SPF creams and oils
Sunscreen labels must list the familiar sun protection factor, which tells you how effectively the product blocks UVB rays. The thing is that there is no rating system yet for how well a sunscreen stops UVA rays, which penetrate deeper into the base layer of the skin and can cause dangerous cell changes. Doctors recommend choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which offers greater UVA (as well as UVB) protection. Always look for UVA-screening ingredients, including avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX). You can use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are physical blocks that protect against all rays. Dermatologists say that no matter how broad-spectrum, sunscreen isn’t enough; you must wear sun-protective clothing, too.
3 Fake tanning is not a protection
No matter what they tell you in the salon, there’s no evidence that tanning in a bed is any safer than doing it at the beach. People who do frequent tanning in salons are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell cancer and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell. But, even those people who quit the habit of fake tanning are at risk. Exposure to tanning beds before age 35 significantly increases your risk of melanoma. Protect yourself by being vigilant about monthly self-exams and yearly derm checks.
4 Wear a hat
Hats are an easy way to protect yourself from the sun. Make sure you wear a hat that has least 8-10 cm brim all around to protect the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, and scalp. Forget about the straw hats because they often aren’t finely woven and can let some of the UV rays reach your skin.
5 Your toes may be an indicator
Melanoma of the foot can hide under and around the nails and between the toes. And because this cancer has usually spread by the time it’s diagnosed, it has a fatality rate of 50 percent. For the ladies, who are constantly painting their toes – make sure you remove the color at least once a month and inspect your whole foot, including the sole. Also, don’t forget sunscreen on the tops and soles of the feet.
6 Avoid peak hours
The harmful UV rays of the sun are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Every doctors will advise you to stay in during the peak hours, so do your best to avoid sun exposure during those times. A lot of people make this terrible mistake when they are on a vacation and stay the entire day at the beach (especially during peak hours). Don’t do this, or if you can’t go back to your accommodation, find deep shadows to stay under. Remember that UV intensity doesn’t have to do with temperature or the brightness of the sun — it’s about the angle of the rays. So, even if you don’t think it feels particularly hot outside, you could be doing serious damage to your skin during these peak hours.
7 Protect your eyes
Skin cancer can affect the eyes too (ocular skin cancer). Excessive exposure to sunlight is a risk factor. Fair-skinned and blue-eyed people are most susceptible, and in recent decades, the number of cases of ocular skin cancer have constantly increased. To better protect yourself, choose wraparound-style sunglass frames that cover the delicate skin around the eyes, and be sure to get a pair that block UVA and UVB light.