Many people think you have to live in a sunny state like Arizona or Florida to worry about skin cancer. It’s time to rethink that and realize it happens in Wisconsin too. According to statistics from the American Cancer Society between 1995-2013 cases of melanoma in Wisconsin went up 90%. That’s right 90%. Annually 1350 cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed in Wisconsin. Here are some other numbers nationally and what to do to prevent it.
SKIN CANCER BY THE NUMBERS
(From Shape Magazine)
- More than 2 million people will be diagnosed with the disease this year.
- 90% of skin cancers caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Don’t count on overcast skies to protect you either, as 80% of UV penetrates haze, fog, and light clouds.
- 30 is the minimum SPF you should be using. To be effective against both UVA and UVB.
- 1 ounce is the amount of sunscreen you should apply to your entire body to get the SPF promised on the label.
- 15 minutes is the length of time before going outside that you should apply sunscreen: this will give your skin enough time to absorb the protective ingredients.
- 47% of lifetime sun exposure acquired by age 40. The take-home message: It’s never too late to start wearing sunscreen. One recent study of adults showed that a decade of wearing sunscreen cut their likelihood of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, in half; other research found that daily use let to fewer Aks, as well as less BCC and SCC, the most common forms of the disease.
- 1 person will die of Melanoma every hour.
- 3 in 10 of melanomas that begin in moles.
- 50% reduction in melanoma when people ate a Mediterranean style diet, which includes lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as olive oil and fish. The findings, which were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, are likely the result of the diet’s abundant supply of antioxidants, substances that help protect against cellular damage caused by UV radiation.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. If you’re swimming or sweating excessively, slather on more even sooner.