The summer It is ideal to take advantage of the beach and outdoor activities, but it is essential take the precautions to keep skin safe. The initiative “The Shadow Takes Care of You”designed by the Ministries of Public Health and the Environment to provide information on social networks, was created to raise awareness among the population about the effects of exposure to ultraviolet radiation caused by UVA/UVB solar rays.
The cases of skin cancer detected per year in Uruguay are more than 3,000 and our country occupies the first place in the region in the melanoma type. Three people die a week, according to the director of the National Cancer Control Program, Marisa Fazzino.
Fazzino explained that the main factor in skin cancer comes from ultraviolet radiation, emitted by the sun and tanning beds. In addition to causing cancer, they can generate burns and aging skin. It is a cumulative disease, so it is important to avoid sun exposure for babies and children, he added.
The professional also recommended performing a monthly self-examination to detect the appearance of possible lesions and changes in the skin, and consult the dermatologist once a year.
How should I take care of my skin from the sun and what are the times when it is not convenient to be exposed to the sun?
Between the 11 in the morning and 4:00 p.m. is the time of day when the sun causes the most damage. However, the recommendation is avoid exposure since that time in the morning until 18.
At this time it is recommended seek shelter in the shade or use an umbrella. you also have to Wear a hat and glasses that protect your eyes. With regard to sunscreen or factor, it is recommended use 30 or higher, and reapply every two to three hours, or right after getting out of the water. It is also suggested to wear dark, long-sleeved, tight-weave clothing.
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Tips to protect the skin from the sun in the summer
In summer you have to be especially careful with spots on the skin. For people who already have many moles, sun exposure brings a higher risk of developing skin cancer of the melanoma type.
types of skin cancer
There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell, which is the most frequent; the spinocellular; and melanoma, the most aggressive type, and for which Uruguay ranks first in the region, with some 270 cases and 91 deaths per year.
Babies and the sun
The Academy of Dermatology advises wearing you drink to the beach no earlier than six months. In this line, they should not be exposed to the sun for more than ten minutes and respecting the schedules.
At noon the sun’s rays fall vertically and can immediately produce redness. Therefore, ten minutes is enough to absorb vitamin D for rickets. It is advisable that it take place early in the morning or after 5:00 p.m.