Shedding light on sun safety

sun safetyThe summer sun has arrived ready to bless us with glowing tans and punish us with cruel burns. But did you know that 20 percent of Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime?

Keeping your skin healthy is more important than ever, especially since skin cancer can be prevented in some cases. Researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center suggest regular visits to the dermatologist along with checking your body for unusual marks. Keep “ABCDE” in mind when inspecting suspicious marks—asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, diameter and elevation.

Sunscreen is the easiest way to protect your skin while you’re out in the sun. For the best protection, choose a water-resistant sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher that offers both UVA and UVB coverage.