Sun Safety

As endurance athletes, we spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. All that time outside comes with some risk, especially when it comes to sun exposure.

Did you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime? And the incidence is even higher among athletes? Every year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined total of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

 

5,000,000 people are treated for skin cancer each year

ONE person dies of melanoma every hour

86% of Melanomas are due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun

or more sunburns sustained during youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80%

15 SPF sunscreen or higher reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50%

 

So What Can We Do About It?

An effective sunscreen can play a large role in proper sun safety. Other tips for avoiding additional risk include limiting outdoor/sun exposure between the hours of 10am - 2pm, wearing UV-protective clothing, gloves, hats, or other accessories, and reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours during activity. Don't forget to schedule an annual appointment with your dermatologist to screen for any changes with your skin.