Cancer Survivors at Higher Risk for Sun
you've been diagnosed with skin cancer, you are more susceptible
to damage from sun exposure. Be sure to protect your skin and
eyes from the sun, especially during the summer when ultraviolet
B rays (the most common cause of sunburn) are most intense.
people can be affected by the sun's rays, but cancer survivors in
particular are at risk if they:
- Are skin cancer
- Have family
history of skin cancer
- Are receiving
- Have compromised
immune systems due to medical conditions or medication
are some quick tips to protect yourself in the sun:
sun exposure. If possible, avoid being outdoors from
about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest.
protective clothing. Long-sleeved shirts, pants,
hats and sunglasses are best when used in conjunction with
sunscreen generously and often. Use a sunscreen of at
least 35 sun protection factor (SPF), and apply it before
exposing skin to the sun. Reapply every two hours. Don't forget
your face, ears, arms and hands! About an ounce of sunscreen
should be enough coverage for an adult.
days increase risk, too. You can have sun damage even
when the sky is overcast. UV rays still get through the clouds,
and water can reflect the sunlight like a mirror and increase
your exposure to damaging UV rays.