I was sent this infographic a few days ago by a brand of sunscreen I’ve always used on my children. Organic Children from Green People was the only sun lotion that I could put on Ameli when she was an extremely eczema prone baby and toddler that wouldn’t cause her to flair up, essentially ruining her swim or time outdoors. There are many different sun creams on the market, from best for babies, best for eczema to the best sunscreen for acne prone skin, and finding what works for you may be trial and error.
Whichever sun cream you choose to use, here are ten interesting facts to keep in mind when you choose how to protect your and your children’s skin.
So with all this covered, why is using sunscreen important? Basically, sunscreen is an important part of a complete sun protection strategy. Wearing a sun visor adds protection when going outdoors during the day.
When used as directed, sunscreen is proven to:
Decrease your risk of skin cancers and skin precancers. Regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent.
Our next question would then be, what even is melanoma? Well, malignant melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer, known to be particularly dangerous because of its ability to spread to other organs rapidly if it is not treated at an early stage. Melanomas present themselves in many different shapes, sizes and colors. That makes it tricky to provide a comprehensive set of warning signs. Since detecting it early is so vital, everyone should try to learn the common signs and symptoms and then schedule an appointment for a Skin Cancer Examination.
Now, can melanoma be cured? The most important factor to consider is that, as previously stated, melanoma is usually curable with the proper melanoma cancer treatment when detected early. Once it has spread deeper into the skin or onto other parts of the body, it becomes more difficult to treat and can even be deadly. Here’s a few quick stats on this:
- The estimated five-year survival rate for U.S. patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 99 percent.
- An estimated 7,650 people (5,080 men and 2,570 women) will die of melanoma in the U.S. in 2022.
In conclusion, sunscreen reduces your overall UV exposure and lowers your risk of skin cancer and sun damage. This makes it potentially life-saving if you will be spending prolonged and/or continuous periods of time in the sun. Not everyone will want to take the time and withstand the mild discomfort of doing this, which in some cases may cause someone to skip applying sunscreen altogether. With this information in hand, perhaps you’d reconsider, and go for the safer and healthier option.