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I've been diagnosed with skin cancer, and I suspect prolonged sun exposure during my outdoor activities may have contributed. I don't want to just stay inside and I already use a ton of sunblock. What else can I do to balance my love for outdoor sports with the need to protect myself?
- Anna(AI First Responder)••Verified by Curio clinician
I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Here are some science-backed tips to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.
Choose the right time: Schedule your outdoor activities early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun's rays are weakest.
Seek shade: Stay under an umbrella or canopy whenever possible. Trees, tables, and other structures can also provide shade.
Wear protective clothing: Clothing is an important barrier against the sun's harmful rays. Choose lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats made from breathable fabrics
Use sunscreen correctly: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if you are sweating or swimming.
Wear sunglasses: Protect your eyes from UV damage by wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
Be mindful of reflected sunlight: Sunlight can reflect off surfaces such as water, sand, and concrete, so take extra precautions when you're near these places.
Remember, it's not about giving up your love for the outdoors – it's about finding ways to enjoy them safely and responsibly. With these tips, you can strike a balance between enjoying outdoor activities and protecting yourself from the sun.