In Arizona, Melanoma rates are 70% higher than the national average. With 1,460 residents being diagnosed in 2009. High temperatures and fierce UV radiation are two reasons why Arizonians should take extra precaution to protect themselves from developing skin cancer and Melanoma.
Recently, we were able to be featured on an Arizona Midday , a local TV station, along with a two experts in the Melanoma medical community. Dr. Michael Graham (pictured on the top right), Pediatric Oncologist had our UV-protective clothing for children on display as he talked about Sunscreen 101 for kids. Then, Dr. Mark Gimbel (pictured on the top left), a surgical oncologist had the adult UV-protective clothing on display as he gave tips for adult sun protection.
Dr. Mark Gimbel gave some tried and true tips on how to choose the right sunscreen for you and your family, what to look for, what to avoid, and the signs to look for when it comes to over-exposure and sunburn treatment.
What kind of sunscreen should I use?
“As long as you use one that’s all that matters.” Sticks and creams work best, but your sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 or more and protect against UVA and UVB rays."
Why does it seem a sunburn happens more quickly at the pool or near water?
“Just like snow, water reflect UV rays more and can cause sunburns quicker. That is why it is important to apply and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially if you are in and out of water or sweating.”
Are rash guards or swim shirts worth the money?
“They are the only way to effectively protect your body at all times with out having to worry about sunscreen washing off.”
How do I know if I have been over-exposed to sunlight?
- Extreme thirstiness
- Your body temperature will rise
- Sunburn; which will usually appear 15-20 minutes after extreme sun exposure
What is the best way to treat sunburn?
- Cold water to cool your body off
- Over-the counter pain relievers
- Moisturizers, but avoid numbing ointments