Did you know cancer survivors should take extra precautions in the summer sun? In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares some suggestions to keep you safe.
As you head outdoors to enjoy the summer sun, it’s important for survivors to consider extra precautions. Skin cancer is one of the most common second cancers.
Here are some ways to stay safe outdoors, as recommended by the American Cancer Society.
-Moderate sun exposure. Be mindful of when the UV rays are the strongest, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Find shade when possible or bring an umbrella.
-Wear sun-protective clothing. This includes long-sleeve shirts or pants, sunglasses and a hat. Some companies now make clothing that is lightweight and protects against UV rays even when wet.
-Apply sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” protection, that covers both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be at least SPF 30 and water resistant. Don’t forget about protective lip balm!
-Be sure to examine your skin often. Take notes and share them with your doctor if you see any new changes.
These simple steps will help you keep your skin protected, while enjoying the benefits of the outdoors!