Sun Aware Behavior
Sun Protection and adolescents.
Teenagers can develop melanoma. New data indicates that despite a high level of knowledge about skin cancer, adolescents are failing to take adequate measures to protect themselves. Tanned skin is still highly desirable with young people - yet they fail to understand that treatment for skin cancer can be disfiguring and if
untreated can be fatal.
- Make clothing your first line of protection. Choose clothing that offers good bodycoverage ie. Covers the arms and legs as well as the body.
- Closely woven and darker colored fabrics offer more protection from UVR than pastel colors.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat or legionnaires cap, sunglasses with an EPF 10 rating or goggles when skiing.
- Seek shade whenever possible - the level of sun protection provided by a shade structure depends on the design and material used..
- Minimise time in the sun between 10am-3pm. This practice can dramatically reduce your UVR exposure.
- Apply sunscreen on clean, dry skin 20 minutes before going outside - do not rub in but leave a light film on the skin. Always choose a sunscreen that is water resistant, broad spectrum and rates 30+. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Sunburn may fade after a week but the damage under the skin remains for life - a timely message for teens.
Young Adults need to establish a skin-checking routine every 3 months so any changes can be identified early. Sun aware behaviour is vital for skin cancer prevention.