The sun is slowly creeping out for the warm summer ahead and soon there will be long days outside by the pool, community activities and maybe even trips to the zoo! While the sun can be fun, too much of it can be deadly for your skin.

May is a good time to start those healthy sunscreen habits since it is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. The worst part about this statistic is that skin cancer is what is known as a “lifestyle disease.” One that develops from your own habits!

It’s time to help your family have good habits! Some helpful reminders for you:

– Encourage the WHOLE family to wear the right amount of sunscreen. (That includes the teenagers who think they’re invincible.)
– Spread the word in your community. If you’re looking for a way to get involved around town, talk to your health care clinic about setting up a skin screening awareness event.
– Cover up! If you burn easily or accidentally got a little pink, don’t try to ‘turn it into a tan.’ Cover up and let your skin heal properly.

So no matter what your skin tone is, we all need practice good habits in the sun!