Have a Great Summer – But Wear Your Sunscreen!

Since being diagnosed with skin cancer in 2016, Stamford Mayor David Martin has advocated publicly for sunscreen use.

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Since being diagnosed with skin cancer in 2016, Stamford Mayor David Martin has advocated publicly for sunscreen use.

Zoie Chan, Arts Editor

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As summer readily approaches, we are constantly reminded to put on sunscreen. Though most of us have heard warnings about going straight into the sun bare faced, not many of us know the actual extent of the risk. Whether it is conserving a youthful appearance or protecting yourself against skin cancer, sunscreen is crucial for everyone’s wellbeing.

According to Unity Point Health, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer. Thanks to ultraviolet exposure and tanning beds, the number continues to grow. However, by wearing sunscreen daily (rain or shine), you can dramatically decrease your chances of getting skin cancer. In addition, sunscreen helps protect your skin from absorbing UVB rays. Because of the depleting ozone layer, wearing a barrier between your skin and the sun becomes more important with each passing day.

Extended sun exposure can have effects from sunburn to heatstroke. Although sunburn is already bad enough (blistering and whatnot), the cumulative effects are even worse and often lead to skin cancer. Sun damage does not discriminate on the basis of skin color and will affect people of darker skin tones as well, so it is important for everyone to take steps to prevent long term suffering.

Wearing sunscreen also has the ability to preserve a youthful appearance. In most cases of premature aging, ultraviolet exposure is the main culprit. By wearing sunscreen, you can delay the process of wrinkles and leathery skin, prevent brown spots, and prevent discoloration, keeping your skin tone even.

Although a bronze complexion is in demand for the summer, keep in mind the risks of unprotected sun exposure. Lather up the SPF and go forth into summer with healthy, radiant skin.

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