At Sundriven®, we are committed to helping women protect themselves against skin cancer. A lot of people assume their chances of getting skin cancer are rare, or that they can easily have the cancer removed. However, skin cancer is serious and affects millions of people every year.
Here, we share some important facts you should know about skin cancer.
- Every year, around 5 million people in the U.S. are treated for skin cancer.
- 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will get skin cancer during their lifetime.
- 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are a result of exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
- Skin cancer risk doubles once you experience more than five sunburns in a lifetime. Just one bad sunburn can double the risk of melanoma.
- Exposure to tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%.
- Skin cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all cancers combined.
- Wear a hat if you'll be out in the sun for an extended period of time. Many people forget that their scalp is just as vulnerable as the rest of their body.
- Don't forget your hands! The skin on your hands is much thinner than on your arms or legs. This means it's easier for your skin to be damaged by UV rays. Even when you are driving, the sun peaks through your windows and hits your hands, so consider wearing UV driving gloves while on the road.
- When using sunscreen, you must reapply every 80 minutes or so, even more if you are swimming or sweating. Don't apply a moisturizer with sunscreen in the morning and think you're set for the rest of the day. If you have trouble forgetting to reapply sunscreen, consider wearing UV wear to cover your arms, legs, hands, and chest. With sun protection within the fabric, you're always protected!