In Events, Survivors

Spending time outside is a great way to stay active, reduce stress and get vitamin D. But as you head outdoors, you need to be mindful of the sun. In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares some important reminders for our cancer survivors.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, making skin protection very important. For cancer survivors, extra precautions should be taken. Some prescription medications and chemotherapy drugs can make people more sensitive to the sun and vulnerable to burns and blistering.

The American Cancer Society shares ways to protect yourself from UV (ultraviolet) exposure as you spend time outdoors.

– Stay in the shade. Be mindful that UV rays are the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

– Wear clothing to cover your skin. This includes long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses and a hat. Dark colors and dry fabrics generally provide more protection. Many companies make clothing that is lightweight and protects against UV rays when wet. (Look for a label listing the UV protective factor- UPF value).

– Use sunscreen. Sunscreen with broad spectrum protection (against both UVA and UVB rays) and SPF 30 values or higher are recommended. Some cosmetics such as moisturizers, foundations and lip balm also have sunscreen.

-Examine your skin often and take notes if you see any new changes.

Enjoy the sunshine, but don’t forget to protect your skin! Looking for additional information about sun protection? Click here for a link.

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