Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month: Prevention and Protection

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness month? Unfortunately, skin cancer affects over three million Americans every year. It is estimated by the American Academy of Dermatology that around 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. While the statistics are scary, it’s important to know the facts and to understand how to help protect and prevent skin cancer. While checking out the facts and statistics on the AAD’s website can be helpful, today’s blog will focus on some easy ways to make sun protection part of your lifestyle.

Sunscreen Every Day

Using sunscreen every day is the easiest and most effective way of utilizing sun protection methods. Even on cloudy days, the risk of UVA radiation is still high, so rainy or overcast days still require the same amount of sunscreen as sunny days do. Keeping sunscreen on hand and available for your entire family is essential, and should be a part of your daily routine. Keeping a bulk size sunscreen of our oxybenzone-free formula will ensure that you don’t run out and always have sun protection on hand. If you’re wondering about how much you should be using, apply one ounce or two tablespoons to your entire body at least 20 minutes before going outside. If you’re on the go and can’t keep a bulk size with you, keeping a portable size of sunscreen in your bag or clipped to your briefcase, purse, or backpack will ensure that you have sunscreen with you at all times.

See a Dermatologist

When was the last time you had your skin checked? If you can’t remember, then you need to make an appointment for a professional exam. Seeing a dermatologist isn’t only for skin issues or problems, but can be a life-saving visit. He or she will look for moles, skin discolorations, or other early signs of skin cancer or melanoma that you might be missing. Skin cancer is treatable and can be overcome if caught before it spreads to the lymph nodes. If detected in the early stages, the five year survival rate of skin cancer is 99 percent. Seeing a dermatologist at least once a year for a head-to-toe skin check is essential to your health and well-being, and can save your life.

Practice Good Sun Protection

Along with using sunscreen and seeing a dermatologist, utilizing sun protection methods every time you step outside should become part of your lifestyle too. Wear a hat when going for a walk or spending time outside to protect your scalp from sun radiation. If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside during the peak hours of 10 AM and 4 PM, wearing UPF clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV 100 sunglasses is essential. If you’re able, spend as much time as possible in the shade and/or indoors to cut down on the time exposed to the sun. Also, if you’re sweating or enjoying a swim, reapplying sunscreen often is important as well. Throw one of our 6 ounce bottles of sunscreen in your bag, and you can refill it easily at home with our gallon size of bulk sunscreen. If you do the math on the gallon size of bulk sunscreen, one person will use that much sunscreen in a little over 4 months, so purchasing the bulk size of Rocky Mountain Sunscreen for your family is not only economical and will save you money, but will also ensure that you won’t run out of sunscreen quickly and then forget to repurchase.

By practicing good sun protection, you can help to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer or melanoma. Utilize these easy tips now, and be sure to order your bulk size sunscreen.  Don’t hesitate to protect yourself and your family from the sun!

 

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