Warm weather is just around the corner, and this means time outside in
the sun, which also brings an increased risk for sunburns and skin cancer.
Check out these three tips on what to look for when selecting a sunscreen for you.
Know your numbers. The general recommendation for sunscreen is to wear a Sun Protection Factor
(SPF) of at least 15 or greater, year-round. According to the
Skin Cancer Foundation: “SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB
rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. They
may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive,
or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a
Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which will offer protection from UVA rays that cause wrinkles of the skin
and UVB rays that contribute to skin cancer.
Consider the activities you will be doing while in the sun. For example, if you plan to be in water
or playing sports, be sure to purchase water-proof sunblock.
A few other tips for you
- Re-apply sunscreen every two hours you are in the sun, or directly after
swimming, as the sunblock may have worn off and also consider other ways
to protect yourself from the sun.
- Consider wearing protective clothing and UV-blocking sunglasses. Hats help
protect your face and head, and check into clothing that has sun protection built in.
For more information on how to select a sunscreen that is good for you,
For more information on skin cancer, please visit:
Heptner Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care for most types of cancer, including
skin cancer. Radiation Oncologist
John Stamato, MD, FACRO, treats skin cancer using radiation therapy. Learn more at
www.cchwyo.org/cancercare or by calling 307.688.1950.
Campbell County Health Wellness works to reduce health risks and promote
overall wellness among employee groups and individuals across the northeastern
Wyoming region. To learn more about Wellness, please visit
www.cchwyo.org/Wellness or call 307.688.8051.
This blog was written by Rachel Wilde, CPT, MA, CCH Wellness Services Technician