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What is all the Fuss About Sunscreen

Most of us, of certain age… uh-um, have no recollection of our parents putting sunscreen on us as we were growing up. So what is all the fuss about in our community about sunscreen these days?

Here is the discussion: Let’s start at the beginning.  Scientists have determined one of our risks for skin cancer is childhood sun exposure, particularly people who have grown up in geographically sunny areas. Statistically, children spend three times more time in the sun than adults.

Another risk factor is our depletion of the ozone layer. As the ozone layer lessons we lose our environmental “veil” against Ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Additional risk factors are:

Lighter natural skin color

Skin the burns or freckles easily

Blond or red hair

Blue or green eyes

A family history of skin cancer

All of these risk factors are not modifiable but there are still some important strategies to reduce yours and your family’s risk of skin cancer.  Begin by applying sunscreen to your children from infancy (there are baby safe sunscreens available) through their childhood.  Set a good example and apply it to yourself the same way.  Sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or greater are generally recommended and reapply every two hours with excessive sweating or swimming.

Include a sunscreen product, such as Obagi Nu- Derm Facial Sunscreen, into your morning routine before you head out.  If you are headed out to the ballpark with the little ones, invest in a sun-brella and keep it handy and shade yourself if you will be in the direct sunlight for a long period of time.   As the summer months approach us, protect yourself and your loved ones from dangerous UV (ultraviolet) rays.  If you notice any curious spots appearing, make an appointment with your primary care provider.

Amy Strocsher, FNP-BC

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