The desire to avoid unpleasant symptoms and medical costs is a good enough motivator for many of us to develop healthy habits. In the hope that it will prevent illness, we eat well, exercise, wash our hands and take vitamins. Avoiding skin cancer is no exception — we wear sunscreen, seek the shade and cover up with clothing to reduce our risk of developing the disease. Unfortunately, though, even those with the most diligent sun protection regimen aren’t immune.
Sometimes identifying a potential skin cancer isn’t so straightforward. Skin cancer comes in many forms, and tumors don’t always display the most well-known characteristics of the disease.
My father was diagnosed with a small squamous cell carcinoma on his ear. He says it’s nothing and refuses to go back and have it removed. What can I do to convince him he’ll be better off with treatment?
Corporate wellness programs are on the rise, and with good reason. Studies have shown that these initiatives lead to healthier and happier employees, and may help companies save on healthcare costs.
Ideally, everyone’s sun protection education would begin at an early age. Learning to seek the shade, apply sunscreen and never tan are lessons that help keep you safe both during childhood and later in life. Some of us, however, don’t commit to a sun protection regimen until a little later in life.
Given the prevalence of skin cancer in the United States, it’s not surprising that so many celebrities have had the disease. In fact, one out of every five Americans is going to get skin cancer. In our very own “Just Like Us” feature, we share ten celebrities you may not realize have had the world’s most common cancer.
Whether you rejoice or feel sad when your kids head back to school, you hope your good influence sticks with them! That’s why it’s so important to teach children and teens about protecting their skin and eyes from the dangerous effects of the sun — all year long.
When you think of sun protection, a few habits probably come to mind immediately. Wearing hats and sunglasses and applying sunscreen, for instance, are almost no-brainers for anyone looking to keep their skin safe from UV rays. But there are plenty of other products and behaviors you can incorporate into your sun protection strategy.
The right clothes offer more certain sun protection than sunscreen, since people often don’t use sunscreen in the right way (1 ounce applied evenly to all exposed skin every day, and reapplied every two hours if you’re exposed to the sun). But not all clothing is created equal.
It’s no surprise that golfers are at high risk for skin cancer. A round can mean prolonged sun exposure, often during the sunniest hours of the day. Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can to do to protect your skin without sacrificing your game.