Choosing the right sunscreen can help reduce your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun’s harmful rays. Sunscreen in an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Do you know how to select the right sunscreen?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen that says:
- Broad Spectrum – This means a sunscreen will protect the skin from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, both of which cause cancer.
- SPF 30 or Higher.
- Water resistant or very water resistant – For up to 40 or 80 minutes. Sunscreens are not waterproof or sweatproof and need to be reapplied every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
- One ounce of sunscreen, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body.
To learn more about skin cancer protection and detection, schedule an appointment with Joshua Radecki, PA-C at our Allen Street location.