Summer is here, and it’s SO easy to forget about the dangers of sun exposure. We totally get it. The sun feels so good, especially after that never-ending the-air-hurts-my-face, winter we had. But look, If you had more than five sunburns, your risk for melanoma doubles! We don’t immediately see wrinkles and fine lines after one day, it takes 10 to 20 years for skin damage to catch up with you. Sun dissolves the collagen and elastin in your skin which keep skin young and healthy looking.
May is Melanoma Awareness month. And here at The Glow Lounge, take it seriously. Over the past 3 decades, people have developed skin cancer more than any other cancer COMBINED. The rate of skin cancer is increasing in women under 45. With our #GlowforGood campaign, we are trying to highlight the dangers of the sun and tanning and promote UV protection and healthy tanning alternatives. About 86 percent of melanomas are linked to ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure from the sun and tanning beds. This means they was likely preventable with healthy SPF practices.
Sunscreen isn’t the only prevention tool there is out there! Understanding the signs of Melanoma and self checking are key factors! Exposure to the sun can cause moles, which can be a sign of skin cancer. Checking yourself for suspicious moles/ spots is as easy as ABC...
A - Asymmetry
- The easiest way to check for asymmetry is to draw a line in the middle of the mole. The two halves should match!
- The edges of an early melanoma tend to be uneven, crusty or notched.
- Healthy moles are uniform in color. A variety of colors, especially white or blue, is bad.
- Although they can be smaller, melanomas are usually larger in diameter than a pencil eraser.
- Mole changes in size, shape, color or begins to bleed + scab are all signs of danger!
If we do our best to play it safe in the sun, we’re much less likely to burn and develop skin damage and skin cancer. Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently to be fully protected and make sure to do skin self-checks every month using the ABC’s. Take a mental note of what each spots looks like and if you're concerned please see your doctor. Skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early. With regular self-checks and use of prevention tools like sunscreen and sun protective clothing we can protect ourselves from skin cancer, including deadly melanoma.