It is mid-summer and there are still plenty of sun-filled days left in the Houston heat. Millennium Physicians Association wants to remind you to protect yourself from Ultraviolet (UV) ray damage.
UV rays and sun damage can do a lot to your skin. They even cause most common form of cancer in the United States—skin cancer. But the good news is that we can prevent skin cancer and protect ourselves.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends you use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for sun protection. But sunscreen alone is not enough. Here are some more tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation:
- Seek shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Do not burn.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
Millennium Physicians Association is a multi-disciplinary medical group that offers a singular source for patient healthcare needs.
Our practice is a diverse group of 20 physicians at nine different locations in the Greater Houston area. Millennium Physicians is here to treat with the highest level of care and get patients back living life to the fullest.