Not all skin cancers can be avoided but following the normal precautions and having good skin care habits can decrease your chances significantly.Summer weather is on its way, already people are out in tank tops and sundresses hiking dancing, riding bikes and generally taking part in the active Colorado lifestyle.

  1. Cover up. Always wear a hat to protect your face and neck from the sun. A wide 360 degree brimmed is best since it protects no matter the angle of the sun.
  2. Put on a shirt. There are lots of great sun shirts available, take one along on excursions and wear it when you know you’ll be in the sun for prolonged periods.
  3. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Use a moisturizer with SPF in and a sunscreen with UVA and UVB to protect yourself.
  4. Seek out the shade. When you are out, pay attention to how much sun you’ve had and pick a spot in the shade.
  5. Pick your activity times with sun exposure in mind. The peak hours of sun exposure are between 10 and 2. Plan your activities to take place before or after these hours
  6. Don’t use tanning booths. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the use of tanning beds increases your chance of getting melanoma by a staggering 75%.

Your skin type plays a role in the development of cancer and sun damage. If you have fair skin, light hair and eyes you are at increased of skin cancer. If you notice any changes in your skin. visit your dermatologist for a skin examination. And remember sun damage is cumulative.