There are a number of ways that you can protect your skin to prevent skin cancer.
Wear UPF50+ sun protective clothing that covers large areas of the skin.
Wear a UPF50+ sun hat with which blocks all the sunlight
Wear sunglasses with a UV index of 3 to protect your eyes, the polarized ones tend to be more comfortable especially when on the water or fishing
Seek protection in the shade when possible
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays when the UV index hits 3 or above.
Do not sunburn
Do not use solariums
Remember it’s the UV radiation index that burns you, not the temperature!
We all know the saying prevention is the best medicine, well in the prevention of skin cancer this is absolutely true!
Check your own skin every month. It takes 10 minutes and saves lives.
Ask a family member or a friend or use a mirror for the areas which are hard to see (such as the back of the neck).
Use a hairdryer on low heat to inspect your scalp.
Keep a journal of your spots and moles.
Report any spots or moles which are changing to your local GP or dermatologist.
Remember that skin cancers, especially melanomas can occur on non sun-exposed sites such as the groin and feet. As a side note... did you know Bob Marley died of malignant melanoma under the nail of one of his toes?
Remember to check all areas of the body, including between your toes, fingers and nails.
If most women retouch their make up every time, for me its retouching sunscreen and making sure that my body is protected against the sun. With Solbari clothing I have more time going outdoors because I don't have to put sunscreen on my body and worry about stains.
I am more and more concerned about sun protection today after seeing my middle-aged friend suffering from skin cancer. The skin cancer stories did not come home until it became a reality for my good friend.
A visit to my doctor ended up with appointment to dermatologist who diagnosed basal cell carcinomas. I have been told after having had them once, they will probably return, in the same area, so I check myself regularly.