As the 4th of July weekend quickly approaches, many people are probably planning on doing some kind of activity outdoors.
If you are like most of us outdoors people you spend a lot of time in the sun, heading outside every chance we get. We love to spend our days on the water or in the field. Success in any outdoor pursuit requires attention to detail. We spend time finding the perfect lure or the ideal site to hang our stands. One thing that is often overlooked as we head outdoors is skin protection.
Sure, we may remember to slap on a little sunscreen while dove hunting in the hot September sun, but what about when we are on the lake fishing in cool, early spring?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Most of these cases are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Take a look at these guidelines offered by the Skin Cancer Foundation to prevent skin cancer. Don’t forget sunscreen this upcoming holiday weekend or anytime you head out to the field or water.
Everyday steps to sun safety:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM
- Do not burn
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside
- Look for skin changes of any kind
- See your physician every year for a professional skin cancer exam