By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) — Given that one out of every five Americans will get skin cancer at some point in their lives, and the disease will kill more than 12,000 people in the United States this year alone, skin cancers are more prevalent than ever, reports the American Academy of Dermatologists. It estimates that about 90 percent of the time, the risk of developing skin cancer is directly related to the amount and intensity of the ultraviolet (UV) light exposure one receives from the sun.
Whether you are in ski country high up in the mountains getting rays or hanging in warmer regions, fortunately, it is easy to limit excessive UV exposure and lower the risk of skin cancer with the regular use of sun protection. Of course, wear a hat, sit under an umbrella and limit time sunbathing. Sunscreen is an important part of the equation, but what kind and how much should one use?
For starters, the kind of sunscreen used might vary, depending on the kind of outdoor exposure that is expected. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), for incidental sun exposure—when someone is outside only for minutes at a time—a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, which filters out about 93 percent of UV radiation, is usually sufficient. A lot also depends on age and skin type. Here are some specific considerations to keep in mind, provided by the SCF:
The proper use of sunscreen, whether cream or fabric, is extremely important to reduce the risk of skin cancer, which remains one of the most widespread forms of cancer.