• 6 Tips for Sun Safety - Skin Cancer Awareness Month

    May 07, 2019
    May is skin cancer awareness month

    One in every five Americans will develop skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year, according to the American Cancer Society. Before you step outside, remember to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.

    Sun protection is important in spring and throughout the year. While no single step will fully protect you from overexposure to UV rays, here are six suggestions that can help save your skin:

    1. SCREEN YOURSELF Use a broad spectrum sunscreen. The best sunscreens have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before leaving home. Reapply it at least every two hours and after swimming. Be sure to cover all exposed skin, including forgotten places like the back of your neck, ears, feet and exposed scalp.

    2. COVER YOUR SKIN AND EYES Do not rely on sunscreen lotion alone. Wear light-weight sun-protective clothing. Long sleeves and long pants help protect skin. Your eyes also need protection. Do not forget to wear sunglasses that block UV rays.

    3. WEAR A HAT A hat with a four-inch brim protects more than 95 percent of your head, neck, and face. A hat protects some of the more sensitive areas of the head and will help you see better on sunny days by reducing glare.

    4. FIND SOME SHADE Take advantage of shade whenever possible. Stay indoors or in the shade when the sun is most intense, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Try to schedule outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the harshest UV rays.

    5. DO NOT TAN There is no such thing as a base tan that provides protection from sun damage. Every tan increases the risk that harmful UV rays pose to your skin. Tanning can also speed up your skin’s aging process and make the appearance of wrinkles more defined. Stay younger looking by not tanning.

    6. IT ADDS UP Sun damage occurs even when you are not actively trying to soak up a few rays. Whether you are walking the dog, mowing the lawn, or enjoying the breeze, sun damage adds up over time. Remember that newborns and children are especially sensitive to the sun’s rays. Protecting their skin is crucial.

    Skin cancer is highly curable if found early. The best way to find skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and look for any changes in moles and skin growths. Patient First doctors are available to discuss sun safety. Contact Brooke Waller at 703-652-1572 or brooke.waller@patientfirst.com for interviews.

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    About Patient First
    All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays. Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician. Each Patient First center has on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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    Brooke Waller (703) 652-1572 (Office) /(571) 340-1594 (Mobile)
    Brooke Waller, Community Relations Manager
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