Daylight savings time is this Sunday (March 9th) – and that means we get to spring forward with an extra hour of sunshine in the evenings. We also have to adjust to getting up an hour earlier, but no one wants to think about that.
All that extra sun means an hour of extra fun – and unfortunately, an extra hour of cancer-causing ultraviolet rays.
The sunlight’s UV rays are directly responsible for most types of skin cancer. They age your skin cells, damage your DNA and can trigger cell mutations that cause malignant melanoma (skin cancer). They can also cause age spots, wrinkles and dry skin, which aren’t much fun, either.
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and melanoma rates have been steadily increasing for the past 30 years. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 76,100 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, and about 9,710 of those people will die.
The good news is that, according to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer.
So, what can you do to stay safe in the sunnier months ahead? Here are some skin cancer prevention tips to help get you started.
So, have fun in the sunny months ahead, but be smart. And, don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on the evening of March 8.
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Talk to us in the comments! What are you doing to help prevent skin cancer and get ready for the months of sunshine ahead?