Local dermatologist Dr. Shelley ray said that more than 2 million Americans are diagnosed every year with skin cancer, making it the most common form of cancer in the united States.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The good news is, skin cancer is preventable.
The best protection, ray said, is to use a true sunblock and wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and hats.
“So many people are stuck on the number of the SPF (sun protection factor), but what they need to look at instead are the ingredients,” ray said.
She said to choose a sunblock, with at least a 30 SPF, that actually reflects the sun, instead of a sunscreen that absorbs the rays.
For maximum protection, choose a sunblock that contains at least 5 percent zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
• Apply the sunblock 30 minutes before going outside.
• Reapply sunblock every hour, or more often if you are swimming or are sweaty.
• Avoid being outside during the hottest times of the day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Be aware that you can sunburn even on a cloudy day.
• Wear sunglasses that block dangerous UV rays.
Sunscreen, water bottle and insect repellant. Ticks are especially bad this year!
The Columbia OmniShade Sun Goddess Booney blocks harmful UV rays with a rating of UPF 40. Plus the lightweight material dries quickly. $30.
Costa Lens Double Haul sunglasses are 100 polarized and protect 100 percent against UV radiation. $199.
The reebok sports top is made of Power Mesh that is breathable and flexible, with a rating of UPF 50+. $35.
Columbia’s apple green Psyche to Hike long-sleeved shirt is made of quick-drying, wicking fabric, with a rating of UPF 30. $50.
The O’Brien PFD Hinge Vest is designed to provide a stable “face-up” position in the water. USCG approved, available in a variety of styles and sizes. $99.
The legs of Columbia’s Silver Ridge convertible pants zip off to make shorts. The material is breathable to keep you cool, and carries a rating of UPF 50. $60.
The Rio beach umbrella is 6 feet tall, with a rating of SPF 50. $11.99.
Flip-flops may be cute, but they’re not good for your feet. A sport sandal such as Keen’s Newport H2 offers comfort, support and excellent toe protection. $49 and up.