Protect Your Skin from Melanoma: The Importance of Sunscreen

Protect Your Skin from Melanoma: The Importance of Sunscreen

What do Hugh Jackman, Erin Andrews, Diane Keaton, Troy Aikman, Cheryl Crowe, and Bob Marley have in common? They all have been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. Over 100,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with melanoma each year.

My Day Screen® is committed to raising awareness about the dangers of melanoma and promoting the importance of sun protection to prevent its development. Melanoma is one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer, and it can be life-threatening if not detected early and treated promptly. Let’s learn about melanoma and how to prevent it.


What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs when melanocytes - the cells that produce pigment - grow uncontrollably, forming a tumor. Melanoma often begins as a new spot or a change in an existing mole. It can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly found on the legs in women and on the back in men. The primary risk factor for developing melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds.


What Happens if You Get Melanoma?

If left untreated, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body, making it more difficult to treat. Advanced melanoma can lead to serious complications and may even be life-threatening. It is crucial to be mindful of any changes in your skin and to consult a dermatologist if you notice any suspicious moles or spots.


How Can Sunscreen Help Prevent Melanoma?

Sunscreen is a crucial tool in preventing melanoma and other types of skin cancer. It works by absorbing or reflecting UV rays, reducing the amount of damage to the skin. By applying sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, you can minimize the amount of UV radiation that reaches your skin and reduce your risk of developing melanoma.


Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Not all sunscreens are created equal. When selecting a sunscreen, it's important to choose one that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Mineral sunscreens are considered safer than chemical sunscreens because they sit on the skin and reflect the sun’s rays, rather than penetrate the skin. My Day Screen® provides a selection of mineral SPF 30 sunscreens for the face and body. Our products are curated with healthy, antioxidant-rich ingredients that keep the skin barrier moisturized and shield from UVA, UVB, and blue light exposure.


Staying Sun Safe and Identifying Melanoma

In addition to wearing sunscreen, there are other steps you can take to protect your skin and minimize your risk of developing melanoma:

  1. Seek Shade: Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest.

  2. Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield your skin from the sun.

  3. Visit a dermatologist at least once a year to identify/monitor any changes in your skin and to detect any potential signs of melanoma early on. Visually check your skin regularly and look for the potential signs of melanoma.


Understanding the risks and symptoms of melanoma, along with practicing proper sun care after diagnosis, is crucial for preventing the development and recurrence of this serious form of skin cancer. By staying informed and taking proactive measures, you can reduce your risk and promote overall skin health.

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