Parish Nurse Update: Skin Cancer Prevention

posted Aug 1, 2011, 4:13 PM by St. Joseph Cheyenne

The best way to prevent cancer of the skin is to 
protect yourself from the sun. The strongest
sun‟s rays are between 10 AM and 4 PM. If you must be outside midday seek the shade when possible. The suns rays can also go through light clothing, windshields, windows and the clouds. Some easy options to protect yourself from the sun recommended by the CDC are:
1.) Wearing protective clothing such as wearing tops with long sleeves and wearing long pants. Fabrics that are tightly woven are best
2.) Wearing a wide brim hat that shades your face, neck and ears will also protect you.
3.) It is important to wear sunglasses that block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as
possible. Sunglasses can also protect the skin around the eyes.
4.) Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15. (Some doctors are now recommending an SPF
of at least 30.) Most sunscreens work by absorbing, reflecting or scattering sunlight.
5.) Seek shade when possible especially during the midday hours. For more information on protecting
yourself from the sun‟s rays go to www.CDC.gov.skin/cancer
For information on other health care issues, resources or referrals call the parish nurse office
@ 635-9261, ext. 20. Blessings! Flossie Vance, Parish Nurse
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