Sun protection not only a bright idea, but a life saver

Capt. Angela Joseph-Gaffke
Wisconsin Army National Guard Occupational Health Nurse

Did you know that 2 million people a year are diagnosed with skin cancer? One in 58 women will have it, and men older than 50 are at high risk as well.

One American dies from melanoma every hour. Please open this link to help you prevent and detect skin cancer: http://www.melanomamonday.org/

What to do? Be smart about your sun exposure. Realize the sun is projecting very dangerous rays these days, and you need to protect yourself!

•           Apply a water-resistant sunscreen of SPF 30 or more to protect you both from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Remember, sunscreens have expiration dates, so buy a new product annually at a minimum.
•           Wear protective clothing like hats and sunglasses, long sleeve shirts and pants if needed.
•           Seek the shade!
•           Get your Vitamin D through dietary supplements — Vitamin D-3 is your best choice.
•           Avoid tanning beds, these cause cancer and wrinkles!
•           Always check your skin for abnormal growths, moles or blistering.

If you suspect that anything on your skin is not normal, may look strange or disgusting or even look like an ugly mole, make an appointment to see your doctor to have it screened. You don’t want to be too late to save the rest of your life.

Stay healthy and drink water!