Texans are blessed with many opportunities for outdoor fun. Unfortunately, this means more exposure to the damaging rays of the sun. And that can lead to skin cancer – the most common type of cancer in the world. In fact, about 5.4 million squamous and basal cell cancers in about 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed each year. While alarming, there is some good news. As the rate of different types of cancers increases, our technology and science rises to meet the demand for treatment. Mohs surgery is an example of technology and science rising to meet the need for skin cancer treatment.
Our bodies need vitamin D. It’s an important factor in promoting healthy bone formation and in boosting the immune system. While Vitamin D is most commonly generated within the body after exposure to the sun, it’s important to remember that too much sun exposure isn’t safe and could end up making you look older than your real age.
Think about all of the time your skin is exposed to the sun during the day. Walking to or from your car, running errands, taking a walk outside during your lunch break – these can all add up to more sun exposure than you may have realized during the course of an entire day. When you combine your normal daily sun exposure with those weekends at the beach or floating in the pool, the amount of time spent in the sun can be surprising.