Unprotected exposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer. Fortunately, there are a number of common-sense steps you can take to reduce harm.

How do I protect my skin from the sun?

Sunscreen

There are a wide range of sunscreen products out there. We recommend an SPF between 30-45 with UVA/UVB coverage. If you will be swimming, make sure you use a product that is designed for use in the water. Many sun tanning lotions are designed to darken the skin and offer minimal SPF protection.

When putting on sunscreen, it is important to thoroughly cover exposed areas of skin. Don’t forget your ears, neck and toes. It is a good idea to get someone to help apply lotion to the back and other hard to reach places.

UV Index

The government of Canada provides a daily listing indicating the UV index across Canada. Before you go outside, check it out to determine if you should be wearing sunscreen or protective clothing. www.ec.gc.ca/UV.

Protective Clothing

When you visit tropical countries, you’ll often notice it is only tourists wearing shorts and tank tops. The locals know to protect themselves by covering up with loose long sleeve shirts and pants. Hats are an absolute must.

Many manufacturers now incorporate UV protection right into their clothing. Check out the latest wearable sun protection solutions at www.coolibar.com.

Book a FREE skin care consultation

If you would like to review your sun protection and skin care options, contact one of the clinical aestheticians at Reverra. Call 780-784-0039.

How do I check my moles?

Just because you have a mole or a spot, it doesn’t mean you have cancer. That being said, it is important to monitor for any new spots and to know what to look for.

There are two common methods for checking yourself to identify dangerous moles.

ABCDE Method:

This is an acronym that helps identify warning signs in moles, including: Asymmetry, Border, Colour, Diameter and Evolution. Click here to learn more.

http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/melanoma-warning-signs-and-images/do-you-know-your-abcdes#panel1-1

Ugly Duckling Sign:

This is another recommended method that was created to go beyond the ABCDE method by comparing one lesion to other surrounding lesions. Learn more at:

http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/melanoma-warning-signs-and-images/the-ugly-duckling-sign

 

Helpful Links

Canadian Dermatology Association: The national organization representing Canadian dermatologists. A valuable information source on treatments and conditions: www.dermatology.ca

American College of Mohs Surgery: Learn more about the Mohs procedure for treating skin cancers: www.mohscollege.org

Wide Local Excision: The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has an excellent article: https://www.asds.net/Wide-local-Excision-for-Skin-Cancer/