Photo courtesy of Sheena from She Hearts It.
The American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday in May–Melanoma Monday. Its simple purpose is to increase public awareness about Melanoma. Melanoma is a very aggressive form of skin cancer and occurs when uncontrolled growth of pigment producing cells spread rapidly to other areas of the body. Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers, but if not detected early it is 75% more deadly.
- Over 2 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.
- One in five Americans will contract skin cancer during their lives.
- While many common cancer rates are falling, the melanoma rate continues to grow at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers. Between 1992 and 2004, melanoma incidence increased 45%.
- One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of melanoma later in life.
- Those who use tanning beds a handful of times per year in their youth risk up to a 75% higher likelihood of developing melanoma in their lifetimes.
No tan is worth your life!
What can you do today?
- Find a free skin cancer screening in your area!
- Learn and practice healthy sun-protection habits–everyday! A few easy ones to remember are; seek shade during 10am-4pm when the sun is at its highest point, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, gear-up with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and uv-protective clothing.
- Conduct your own regular Skin Cancer Self-Exam:
Use this chart below to use while you do your regular inspection to detect changes in its appearance. Look over your entire body, including your back, your scalp, the soles of your feet, between your toes and the palms of your hands. See a dermatologist immediately if you notice anything suspicious.
You can also join us through out the whole month May in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month as we take on a challenge to gift 7,500 baby UV Skinz swim shirts. Our 5th annual “Save A Baby’s Skin” campaign donates a special edition 12/24mo Baby Skinz “What’s A Sunburn” swim shirt with every order purchased! It is our hope that no child should ever know what a sunburn is or what one feels like. Protecting our children from becoming the one in five Americans who will be diagnosed with skin cancer within their lifetimes starts from day one!
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- The light-weight fabric of a uv-protective shirt wicks moisture from your skin and dries quickly to keep you cool, even during peak sunshine hours of the day.
- You will save money on sunscreen and limit the amount of chemicals being absorbed into your skin from the use of sunscreen because you don’t need to wear sunscreen UNDER your uv-protective swim shirt or clothing. Just focus on the exposed extremities like your hands, feet, neck, and face.
- You can wash your uv-protective swim shirt repeatedly without losing the UPF that is woven into the fabric. A new uv-protective swim shirt has a beginning UPF of 50+. Towards the end of it’s life cycle (40 washes or more) there is still an end UPF of at least 50.
- UV-protective clothing is trendy, comes in awesome colors and designs, is versatile and can be used in water, on a hike or a day at the county fair!
- UV-protective clothing with a UPF 50+ protects against 98% of UVA and UVB rays all day, every day!
What’s the difference between UPF and SPF? (You can read more about why you should choose uv-protective clothing as your first line of sun defense at www.uvskinz.com)
SPF = for Sunscreen
UPF = for Clothing & Swimwear
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor.
The chart below comes from the Australian/New Zealand Standard For Sun Protective Clothing and Swimwear:
(Note that a regular t-shirt has an UPF ranging from 7-10. Not enough to fully protect your skin from UVA or UVB rays for long periods of time)
|UPF Rating||Protection Category||% UV radiation Blocked|
|UPF 15 – 24||Good||93.3 – 95.9|
|UPF 25 – 39||Very Good||96.0 – 97.4|
|UPF 40 – 49||Excellent||97.5 or more|
|UPF50+||Considered the Ultimate in UV Sun Protection|