How To Reduce Your Risk Of Skin Cancer

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a time to encourage everyone to practice safe sun every time they are outside. 

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a time to encourage everyone to practice safe sun every time they are outside.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland; there were over 11,000 new cases diagnosed in 2015. Shockingly, the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) expects this number to double by 2040.

What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is a disease of skin cells. Nine out of every ten cases are caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds. Over-exposure to UV rays, which leads to tanning, redness or burning of the skin, causes damage to skin cells. While much of this damage is repaired some remains and can lead to skin cancer later in life.
Early detection is also vital. If spotted early, up to 90 percent of cases are curable. In the case of melanoma, spotting it early can save your life. For this reason, it is important to get to know your skin, check it every month for change and speak to your doctor if you are worried.
Reduce the risk by following the SunSmart Code: 
  • Slip on some clothes
  • Slop on sunscreen
  • Slap on a hat
  • Seek some shade
  • Slide on sunglasses
When it comes to choosing skin products, it is important you use products that provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
The Irish Cancer Society recommends wearing sunscreen from April to September to reduce the risk. It is helpful to work SPF into your daily routine to ensure that you are always protected.
For instance, Casmara Lightening Repair Cream SPF 50 contains active ingredients that restore the damage caused fundamentally by UVA & UVB which can cause dehydration, lack of uniformity in colour and tone, loss of radiance, sagging, wrinkles and blemishes, premature ageing.
The Casmara Research Centre has also created the Urban Protect DD Cream. An innovative urban shield for the daily defence of the skin with a touch of colour. Thanks to its powerful anti-pollution and anti-ageing active ingredients and the innovative multi-light technology SPF 30. It protects and treats the skin and at the same time evens out the skin tone with a natural finish.
Remember, using sunscreen alone will not give enough protection against UV rays. It is important to use shade, clothes and sunglasses too.  In this way, you get the best possible protection from UV damage. 
The type of sunscreen you use is up to you and what you feel comfortable putting on your skin. Creams, lotions, gels and sprays all work but only if used properly. 
Written by Mary Byrne, Content Executive at Family Friendly HQ. Follow her on Twitter: @marybyrne321


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