After spending months at home to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, many people around the world are eager to spend time outside and indulge some warm sunlight.
But if you are hoping to get an extra dose of the “sunlight vitamin”, that is to say, immunosuppressive vitamin D, dermatologists say it is important to practice safe sun protection to protect against skin cancer.
Skin cancers include melanoma and non-melanoma, which include basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.
The President of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Bruce Teres, explained that skin cancer is the most deadly form of skin diseases and people should take it more seriously than they already are. “If you can treat skin cancer early when it is only in the skin, it is 100% treatable,” Teres stressed.
Even better, most types of skin cancer are preventable, and there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of infection. “We realize that people prefer to stay outside, but they should do it wisely,” said Teres, adding that if you go to the beach, stay in the sun umbrella, avoid sunlight between 10 am and 2 pm, wear clothes that protect from the sun, put Sunglasses that protect from UV rays, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
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