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Question of the Week: What do you do to be SunWise and protect yourself from overexposure to the sun?

2010 May 24

Did you know that although it’s easy to prevent, there are more cases of skin cancer each year than cases of breast, colon, lung and prostrate cancers combined? Or that skin cancer is affecting younger and younger people? That adds up to more than one million Americans getting skin cancer annually. Every year, the Friday before Memorial Day is designated as Don’t Fry Day as a reminder to be SunWise and protect your skin while enjoying the outdoors.

What do you do to be SunWise and protect yourself from overexposure to the sun?

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  1. toni bark md permalink
    May 24, 2010

    take astaxanthin orally and put a capsule of it into a mechanical sunscreen, such as non micronized zinc or titanium oxide to work synergistically and to add some pigment.

  2. armansyahardanis permalink
    May 24, 2010

    I don’t care…. Our destiny to be live where we stay are we want. Sun just only help us. Its products, maybe good-maybe bad, and sun don’t care. So, I think, we must think we are the king who strongest, dominant, and dominate the sun and the others. Interdependence… or disconnect !

  3. Raad permalink
    May 24, 2010

    Human body was created to survive for ever ,grow ,improve itself originally , even repair , ‎rehabilitates itself, but life circumentances got this creature to be far from nature ‎especially the sun ……so body became looks like a photograph paper ,soon affected ‎when exposed to light…or like one kept in dark for long time then exposed to light ….‎
    So we have first to be familiar with sun every day , every minute
    Second we have to see what we have to eat in order to be useful when exposed to sun. ‎

  4. edgardo berraz permalink
    May 24, 2010

    I’m sunwise,but from the shadows.I like very much open spaces,over all in the summer,only than always look for a plce,that allow me have a contact with the sun,but ever for a very few minutes,than I’m ever with a suntone,nevertheless burned.

  5. Sara Frazier permalink
    May 24, 2010

    I am of the opinion that the increased rate of skin cancer can not necessarily be attributed to sun exposure alone. There are many other factors to consider. Why is it that every since Americans have started limiting their exposure and slathering themselves in sunscreens that the rates of skin cancer has gone up–not down? Why, people get skin cancer on the bottoms of their feet! I do not believe that people are exposed to enough to sunlight on a regular basis these days. Why, it only makes common since not to overexpose oneself–however, it should not be avoided, either–but, many sunscreens should. Put on a hat and stay in the shade if you fear you might burn. I am 44 years old and have psoriasis. I have been exposed regularly to rays, both natural and artificial, since I was two years old. I look younger and am healthier then most all women my age I have less wrinkles and age spots.

  6. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    May 24, 2010

    I wear loose fitting long sleave shirts, light weight long legged pants, a wide brim hat, and use sunscreen. The most common types of sckin cancer are easy to treat, but it is better not to get any of them to start with. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  7. Linda permalink
    May 25, 2010

    Since most sunscreen products make me break out with a rash nearly equal to a sunburn, I don’t use them. Instead, I use a hat, limit my time in the sun at the hottest parts of the day, and make use of shade whenever possible. I make sure my eyeglasses have good UV protection, too.

    My job requires a substantial amount of time outdoors, so I try to schedule the bulk of it during the fall, winter, and spring months so I don’t get “over-cooked”. When I am out in the field, I do the outside inspection portions early in the day, then review records in the afternoon, when it’s hottest.

  8. Alexander Jimenez permalink
    May 25, 2010

    All u guys are weirdos.
    I am simply going to use sunscreen.

  9. ears. whs permalink
    May 25, 2010

    ok.u guys are making this complicated.just say.
    ima wear sunscreen and maybe use a umbrella.

  10. Mr. G permalink
    May 25, 2010

    My eye Dr. recently told me that I need to protect my eyes more since they are light colored. I hadn’t thought of sunglasses as needed for protection, but I guess that makes sense. I bought a comfortable pair of decent, polarized lenses instead of my usual cheap sun glasses. Now I have to try and not lose them!

  11. G.M{WHS} permalink
    May 25, 2010

    What i do to be protected from the sun is use sunblock and try to stand in the shade.

  12. Kimmie. (: permalink
    May 25, 2010

    In order to be sunwise, this friday I will make sure that I take the necessary precautions to protect my skin from too much sun exposer like, for instance, applying sun screen and making sure that my family wears it too, and also stay out of the sun if we can. (:

  13. W.E. permalink
    May 25, 2010

    I try to be sunwise by not being exposed to the sun too much time such as using trees for shade and not facing the sun too much because then it hurts my eyes.

  14. denise torres permalink
    May 25, 2010

    what i do to stay protected from the sun is use sunscreen use an umbrella to block out the sun and use a tree for shade

  15. Joshoa Alvarez permalink
    May 25, 2010

    The things I do to protect myself from the sun is put on sun screen and find shady areas where I can relax and stay comfortable under the sun. You can even build things that protect yourself from the sun from the sun.

  16. David Mc permalink
    May 26, 2010

    Vitamin A in your sunscreen might be a bad idea.
    There is evidence it increases skin cancer risk when irradiated. Check the recent news, and then check your bottles.

  17. alphabeta permalink
    June 18, 2010

    Nothing. Because the EPA’s diesel regulations have raised the cost of diesel fuel to a point where I can’t afford it. so, I have to work my field by hand exposing myself to dangerous sun.

  18. Patricia Young permalink
    June 30, 2010

    Can the sun burn your scalp and make your hair fall out if exposed to it too long? If you take medications that say stay out of the sun, how long does it take for this adverse reaction to subside? I did not notice anything, went through life care free running in the sunlight and basically acting like a flower; then, one day I looked at myself and cringed. My coloring changed to a serious degree from when I was young and now all my long hair has fallen out.

  19. Pink Breast Cancer Bracelet permalink
    September 15, 2010

    I live in the Southern Hemisphere where there is a high incidence of skin cancer. The hole in the ozone grows larger each day, exposing us more to the suns deadly rays. Covering our skin from 10am – 4pm when the sun is high is the best method of helping to prevent skin cancer. Breast Cancer prevention is my special interest but skin cancer is so very common also.

  20. Michael B. permalink
    October 22, 2010

    Both guys and girls can prevent skin cancer by using Sunblock/sunscreen with spf 15-30 for daily uses and higher spfs when swimming or playing sports as well as wearing hat/umbrella, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses.

  21. terrry permalink
    December 10, 2010

    thanks was this tips toni it really halped

  22. CTS Wholesale Sunglasses permalink
    March 11, 2011

    I think moderately exposing to sun help us to gain Vitamin D. Using a good quality umbrella protects from over exposure to sunlight. Also use a good quality sunglasses for protecting your eyes from harmful UV Rays.

  23. William Wallace permalink
    March 22, 2011

    Sara, may be on to something here. Most people don’t consider the fact the the skin is an organ, and is directly affected by the other organs in the body. The higher occurrences of skin cancer may very well be diet related. I was looking up psoriasis pictures online, and psoriasis, which we know presents as a skin rash is actually an immune response. So it would not be a far leap to think that something else is causing the skin cancer that is not related to the skin itself. Just a thought.

  24. Sara Martin permalink
    May 2, 2011

    I think it’s good to bask under the sun once in a while but you know the saying, too much isn’t good for you so I try to use sunblock and wear sunglasses and a hat. It’s better to keep the risk of cancer to zero.


  25. DIY HAIR CARE BLOG permalink
    July 13, 2011

    I agree with the comment above we should use the exposure to the sun moderately. When my daughter and I do go into the sun we put shea butter on our hair and skin.

  26. May 13, 2012

    I think it’s good to bask under the sun once in a while but you know the saying.

  27. June 19, 2012

    Wear tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light. Use sunscreen not just on beaches and pools but even on casual days. Make sure to follow the direction in the bottle for application. Use a wide brim hat to protect your neck as well. Use sunglasses with UVB and UVA protection lenses and most importantly stay away from the hottest hours of the day.

  28. wholesale jewelry permalink
    October 27, 2012

    Did you know that although it’s easy to prevent, there are more cases of skin cancer each year than cases of breast, colon, lung and prostrate cancers combined.

  29. Michael permalink
    April 21, 2013

    Except that sun exposure can sometimes be good for us, e.g. in the case of eczema and psoriasis.


  30. Anonymous permalink
    May 30, 2013

    Build up your sun exposure. Stay in the sun for about 10 minutes to start with and than slowly build it up. But just think logically, staying in the summer sun during the afternoon, increases the risk, so don’t sunbath to long than… Easy, just sunbath with caution.

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