Melanoma Monday: Create Good Sun Habits Early

When I was a child, my Mom had a skin cancer scare. It was a spot on her back that the dermatologist found among the thousands of freckles she had. Thankfully, it turned out to be nothing but from that point on, my Mom went crazy protecting me and my brothers from the sun. In a way, I’m kind of glad as the situation made our entire family aware about skin cancer. And since childhood, I have developed good habits when I’m outside. Habits I hope to pass on to my own children (I must be doing something right as my children as usually the palest ones at the pool!). Research has shown that it only takes a few bad burns, usually early in life, to cause damage. In honor of Melanoma Monday, I hope you will take a few minutes to read up on skin cancer. Skin cancer is scary just by the mere fact that it is the most common cancer. At the same time, skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.

Here are some recommendations to help you and your family protect your largest organ.

  • Wear sunscreen every day. Even when it’s a cloudy day, you are still getting sun exposure.
  • Remember sun exposure affects your entire body. Don’t forget to protect your ears, nose, back of neck, hands and feet.
  • Apply liberally. Use 1 ounce (a shot glass full) of sunscreen to cover the body and apply every 2 hours at a minimum.
  • Avoid direct sunlight between 10 am – 2 pm. If you have to be outside, stay in the shade, wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Start young. Teach your children good habits by applying sunscreen before they play outside. Sunscreen should not be applied on infants younger than 6 months so it’s best to keep them out of the sun altogether.

To learn more and find a free skin cancer screening near you, check out the American Academy of Dermatology.

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25 responses to “Melanoma Monday: Create Good Sun Habits Early

  1. Love love love this post!!! Seriously it’s soooooooo important and so many people disregard the importance of it. Thank you for raising awareness and such great easy tips.

  2. Wow – a shot glass full? I have heard the one ounce suggestion many times, but I couldn’t visualize it! Thank you!

  3. neversaydiebeauty

    Important post. Wish I had started earlier!

  4. Thank you for this informative article.

  5. I agree with you 100%! I always wear sunscreen!

  6. Great tips and its all very true. My mom has had skin cancer twice now, so I’m very cautious

  7. Great tips. I just had to share on Twitter!

  8. I’m a freak for checking my skin! Awesome tips. Thanks!

  9. I wish that sun care would have been instilled in me at a younger age for every day wear, not just at the beach!

  10. I always wear SPF!

  11. SPF is so important Thanks for sharing this info.

  12. Great way to raise awareness

  13. SPF is so important. Great topic!

  14. Sunscreen is definitely a must.

  15. All these posts on melanoma today are making me glad that I get a yearly skin check!

  16. I never leave home w/o sunscreen. Great tips

  17. skin cancer is so scary and its so good to always be aware and have good sun habits early, thanks for sharing this!

  18. Thank you for spreading the message, I think teaching our kids to use SPF daily is very important.

  19. I’m a big SPF supporter!

  20. Great tips, and very important!

  21. Great tips! I wish I had known all that when I was younger.

  22. It’s so important to take sun safety seriously!

  23. litfromwithin9

    Most don’t realize that you need a lot of product, so a shot glass is a good visual aid. Even on our face, we need more than a typical application of SPF foundation is going to give us.

  24. Very awesome post with great tips. Thank you so much for sharing 😉

  25. Those are really good tips ! I always make sure to have back ups of neutrogena

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