May - Skin Cancer Awareness Month
In a thousand years, archeologists will dig up tanning beds
and think we fried people as punishment.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide. The main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (the most common), squamous cell carcinoma (second most common), and malignant melanoma.
The two main causes of skin cancer are from the harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun and UV tanning machines.
- 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70
- More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour
- In the U.S., more than 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
- About 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
- Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80 percent and nonmelanoma skin cancer risk by 68 percent.
- Just 20-30% of melanomas are found in existing moles
- Open sores that don’t heal
- Patches of red, irritated skin
- Changes in size, shape or color of a mole of other skin lesion
- Wart-like growth that crusts and occasionally bleeds
The good news is there is much we can do to minimize our risk. First, it can’t be said enough. Wear sunscreen daily!! While the FDA recommends a minimum of SPF 15, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends a minimum of water-resistant SPF 30.
According to the Skin Care Foundation, daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent.
Don’t forget your eyes, ears, lips and scalp.
Also, in addition to sunscreen, to further protect yourself from UV rays, wear wide-brimmed hats, SPF clothing, and sunglasses.
DAMAGE TO THE SKIN
Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging of the skin; i.e., wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.
- An estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun.
- People who use sunscreen daily with an SPF of 15 or higher show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.
- Sun damage is cumulative. Only about 23 percent of lifetime exposure occurs by age 18.
In addition to sunscreen, be sure to give your skin the nourishment and hydration it needs to look and feel its best. Our Illuminating Serum features Vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps protect the skin against damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure. It brightens and evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Blended with organic Bulgarian Rose Water to soothe and calm, and organic aloe, shea butter, and sunflower seed oil to moisturize and replenish, your skin will be touchingly soft, smooth and radiant.
Give your skin the care it deserves.