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#Health - #TrueNews : Americans still aren't taking the easiest step to prevent and treat sunburn !

If you could protect yourself from cancer, you'd do it, right? Yet most Americans still aren't taking the easiest step to prevent the most commonly diagnosed type -- skin cancer, which will affect one in five people at some point in their lives. 

Only 14 percent of American men and 30 percent of women regularly use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Among women, avoiding signs of aging was a strong motivator. But avoiding sunburn may be the more important reason for everyone.

The risk of melanoma, the most serious -- and potentially deadly -- form of skin cancer doubles if you get five or more sunburns in your life, or if as a youngster you had just one blistering sunburn.

And even without sunburn, prolonged tanning exposes you to the two most common skin cancers, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, which can occur anywhere on your body. 

While some guidelines suggest SPF 15 sunscreens, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30. Also look for water resistant and "broad-spectrum" products to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Always re-apply every 2 hours and after sweating, swimming and toweling off.

Other smart sunscreen tips:

  1. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure. Don't wait until you're at the beach to put it on. 
  2. Use one full ounce of product for each application. 
  3. Cover exposed skin from head to toe. That includes ears, the back of your neck and exposed areas of your scalp, especially bald spots. 
  4. Make sun protection a family affair: Help each other cover all those hard-to-reach areas.


Sunblock should always be worn when outside and experts say that a SPF should be at least 30 or higher. The higher the numbers mean more coverage but keep in mind that no sunscreen can completely protect. SPF 30 filters about 97% of UVB rays, SPF 50 filters 98% and SPF filters about 99%.

Don’t skimp on sunscreen. Dermatologist suggest that you need an ounce or so to cover your face and body. Most people use only half that amount!

I always thought it if was cloudy outside no problem no sunburns will happen but that is far from the truth. Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate through clouds and fog.

Do not forget to reapply sunscreen after being out in the sun for a few hours.

The sun’s UV rays reflect off water and can increase the risk of sunburn.
Between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Maybe enjoy outside activities before or after these hours or take shade. Also make sure you use water -resistant sunscreen too!

Our family wears protective clothing when we are in the water. I normally stock up after summer time (that is when the prices drop on summer wear) for the following summer purchasing a few of the swim shirts so that each of my children will have at least 2 shirts each.

Wear hats and sunglasses to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes. Sunglasses should be at 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB.

Skip tanning beds. Some of these high pressure sunlamps give up to 12 times more than UVA light than that of the sun!


Pain can be treated with pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. It will not stop up the healing process of the burn but it can help reduce swelling and redness.

Pure aloe from either the plant or natural aloe found at the health store can help soothe the pain. I keep a bottle in our refrigerator at all times so that in case we do get burns the coldness feels good on the skin.

Sunburn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body so make sure to drink lots of water.

What about you are you keeping sunburn free this summer?
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