For Cancer patients, caregivers, and the people who support them.

Here Comes the Sun

May is Skin Cancer Awareness month and although with COVID we may feel like we’ll never see the sun again – we will!  In America, one in five people will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer happens when skin cells abnormally grow, usually in areas on the skin that have been exposed to the sun. However, it can still occur on areas that are not usually exposed to the sun.  There are three major types of skin cancer  — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Your chances of developing skin cancer increase with age as your exposure to the sun accumulates over time. However, even younger  people can develop skin cancer if they spend a lot of time in the sun or had frequent sunburns, especially as children. Bottom line, we are all at risk for skin cancer and that is why we need to remember to practice sun safety.

The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests to wear at least SPF15 or higher sunscreen daily to reduce squamous cell carcinoma by about 40% and melanoma by 50%. These cancers develop because of long tern exposure to UV rays.  Although the chemicals in sunscreen have been approved for years by the FDA, many people still have adverse reactions to those chemicals or just simply do not want to expose themselves to any more harmful chemicals than necessary.  This is where physical (mineral) sunscreen or good old fashion zinc oxide comes into play.  However, zinc does not mean that you have to walk around all day with a white nose!  Chia’s Silver Lining offers a lightweight physical sunscreen by Olivina. This 2 in 1 Sunscreen and Moisturizer has a lightweight formula  that uses natural Zinc Oxide for broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection. The Olive Leaf Extract and Aloe Vera formula is fast absorbing, non-greasy, and goes on smoothly for hydrated and healthy skin and it’s made without chemical sunscreens.

As summer approaches and we have an even greater desire to get out in the sun after quarantine, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer by practicing sun safety. Seek shade whenever possible.  Wear protective clothing like breathable long sleeved shirts, sunglasses and wide brimmed hats and wear a broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen.  Remember, especially when you are in the sun all day, make sure to reapply.  Sunscreen does not last all day and needs to be reapplied according to the package directions.  Even if you have a higher level of sunscreen like an SPF 50 you still need to reapply throughout your day in the sun. Lastly, we need to teach our children about the importance of sun safety and sunscreen.  The days of baking in baby oil are over!

Checking your skin for any suspicious changes or having your moles checked regularly by a board certified dermatologist can help you find skin cancer in the early stages which is your best chance for a successful skin cancer treatment and outcome.  Please remember that  wherever you are or whatever you are doing this summer and throughout the year, Chia’s Silver Lining support you, your health and your life style choices. We always hope that this world keeps you in best health.