Top Ways to Protect Yourself From UV Exposure on Vacation

As we head deeper into July and further into vacation season, are you armed with all of the information you need about how to stay healthy when you travel?

A summer sunburn is almost a rite of passage for many vacationers. Lounging on the beach in a bathing suit drinking margaritas is, for many people, what a vacation is all about.

While spending all day on the beach may be fun, it dramatically increases your risk for UV exposure and the dangers associated with it, including skin aging and, worse, skin cancer.

How To Reduce Your Skin Cancer Risk On Vacation

Over two million people face a skin cancer diagnosis every year. Over the past 30 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined. Yet despite these scary statistics, many people do not take precautions to protect their skin. And many people who are normally vigilant about protecting their skin from UV exposure on a day to day basis do not take the same precautions when they go on summer vacation. Even intermittent UV exposure is enough to cause significant skin damage that increases skin cancer risks.

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

There are simple steps you can take to make sure that your summer vacation is both fun and safe.

Avoid the Sun at the Peak of Its Strength.

The sun is at its most powerful between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. You can dramatically reduce your cancer risk by remaining in the shade during these hours. Seek the shelter of an umbrella, a covered picnic table, or stay indoors during these hours to lower your chances of a skin cancer diagnosis.

Use Sunscreen Correctly.

To reduce skin cancer risks, you should choose a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. And make sure that you use enough. Many people under-apply sunscreen. Aim to apply a shot glass worth of sunscreen all over your body. Make sure to apply sunscreen to your scalp, ears, and the tops of your feet, as these are areas of the body that are often overlooked.

Cover Up.

Clothing provides an excellent barrier between you and harmful UV rays. Wearing a shirt, large hat, and sunglasses when you’re in the sun can greatly reduce your skin cancer risk. Tightly woven fabrics like denim have smaller holes for UV rays to pass through and offer better protection from the sun’s rays.

Get Skin Cancer Screening at ARCpoint Labs

You can’t avoid sun exposure completely, so there is always some skin cancer risk, no matter how careful you are. ARCpoint Labs offers cancer screening panels so you can rest assured that any skin cancer can be caught early and treated. All you need to do is head to one of our nationwide facilities, no insurance required, and get started.

To learn more about the services offered by your local ARCpoint Labs, find the nearest location today.

 

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