– 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer over their lifetime
-1 in 50 Americans will develop a deadly melanoma in their lifetime. Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, will account for about 76,380 cases of skin cancer in 2016. Yikes!
-While not all cases of skin cancer are UV exposure related, 90% of them are.
-More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the US each year are linked to tanning beds.
-People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.
According to skincancer.org here are important Prevention Guidelines to follow:
-Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM
-Do not burn. Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
-Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
-Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
-Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
-Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
-See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
With all this being said, be nice to your skin this month, schedule a spray tan today!
Christine & Lauren