Skin Smarts

Central Florida Health News|July 2020

Skin Smarts
Protect Your Skin From the Brutal Summer Sun

LIVING IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, we are acutely aware of the effects of the sun. They don’t call us the “Sunshine State” for nothing! As wonderful as it is to bask in the warm glow of the sun day after day, too much sun exposure can be a dangerous thing. Working in the hot sun can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke if precautions aren’t taken, and an even more serious threat from the sun is the risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with new cases annually surpassing those of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers put together. Fortunately, we have access to a form of protection that is readily available, affordable, and easy to use — sunscreen.

Why is it important to use sunscreen? In the short term, a sunburn can occur surprisingly quickly and can range from annoyingly uncomfortable to exceedingly painful. Over the longer term, damage from the sun can lead to unsightly changes to our skin, such as skin spots, wrinkles, or a “leathery” look. However that damage may affect your vanity, the threat of skin cancer should be taken very seriously. Every year, over 80,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, while over 4 million people are treated for basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer in the U.S.

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July 2020