Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Long Beach Island Health Department Notes Men’s Health Month
By MARIA SCANDALE | Jun 05, 2019

Ship Bottom — June is Men’s Health Month, and as Father’s Day is also coming up June 16, the Long Beach Island Health Department says it’s a great time of year to remind men about preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of illnesses.

The importance of protection against skin cancer is timely as the summer season kicks off, the health department added.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are more likely to develop skin cancer than women.

Some of the reasons include:

• Men spend more time outside over their lifetimes than women, and they’re more likely to work outdoors than women. Therefore, men tend to get more sun exposure than women.

• Only 14 percent of men wear sunscreen when outdoors, studies say.

• Women’s personal care products, such as moisturizer and makeup, often contain sunscreen, while many products for men don’t.

Here are some easy ways to protect the men in our lives, as well as women and children, from a very preventable disease:

• Long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat offer the best protection. If you’re wearing a baseball cap or short-sleeved shirt, make sure to put sunscreen on your ears, neck and arms.

• Stay in the shade as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which are peak times for sunlight.

• Use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on any exposed skin, and don’t forget to re-apply it every two hours, as well as after swimming, sweating or toweling off.

• If you work outdoors, wear sun-protective clothing, a hat and sunscreen. Discuss with your employer other sun protective measures to create a more healthful workplace.

• Avoid indoor tanning.

To learn more, go to the websites cdc.gov, skincancer.org, or menshealthmonth.org.

The Long Beach Island Health Department has information on a variety of topics at its website, lbihealth.com, and on Facebook.  —M.S.

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