On The Water is partnered with Melanoma Foundation New England and wants to help them in their efforts to educate and inform about the dangerous of sun exposure.
With over 5 million cases each year, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer today. If you spend time out on the water, your skin experiences increased sun exposure putting you at risk of skin damage and cancer. The reflective nature of water magnifies UVR levels effects by up to 80 percent so protective measures should not be neglected even on overcast days.
To protect your skin out on the water, follow these six steps suggested by the Melanoma Foundation New England:
- Avoid direct sun in the peak hours of 10am-2pm and seek shade when possible
- Wear SPF 30+ daily on all areas of your body
- Reapply SPF every two hours, using at lease 1 oz. for your entire body
- Wear protective clothing like hats and sunglasses
- Avoid tanning or getting sun burnt
- Schedule an annual skin exam and self-check regularly
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Melanomas can develop from a previously existing mole or from an entirely new spot on your skin. When caught early, melanoma can often be treated and cured, so it’s important to know the signs of a melanoma in its early stages.
The Melanoma Foundation New England lists the acronym ABCDE to help remember the five key signs of a melanoma:
- Border irregularity
- Color variation (especially the color black)
- Diameter of more than 6mm
Regardless of how much time you spend out on the water, everyone should take measures to protect themselves and their skin. For more information regarding melanoma prevention and skin protection, visit Melanoma Foundation New England