10 Tips For Reducing Melanoma Risk From Legs

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Sun Exposed Areas Means Higher Risk

Melanoma risks for womenIt has been found that melanoma (deadly skin cancer) develops on women’s legs at higher rate than on men legs. Men get more melanoma on their back compared to women.

How are these facts explained? It is thought that during summer more women tend to expose their legs, while men tend to take off their shirts. Excessive sun exposure is highly dangerous. Skin cancer is the number one type of cancer in the US. With more than 3.5 million diagnosed per year.

The melanocytes cells produce the brown color which protects deeper skin layers from the sun light. When pale skin is exposed to the sun UV, the melanocytes cells which are unadapted  for massive production of melanin (the color pigment) sometimes become cancerous.

Reducing Your Chance To Be At Risk

The best thing to do in order to reduce the chance to be at immediate risk is to avoid direct sun light to unprotected skin. Melanoma can erupt at any location even at places never exposed to the sun. Under finger nails or between the toes or on the palm of the feet, in the eyes, mouth, genital, or anal areas, too. So make sure to get checked twice a year by a dermatologist.

10 Tips For Better Protection:

  1. Always apply broad spectrum SPF 30 cream on your legs.
  2. Cover your feet too, if you are wearing sandals in the summer.
  3. Apply lotions every two hours.
  4. FDA recommends to apply 2 teaspoons of lotion per leg.
  5. After applying, wait 15 minutes before exposing skin. It takes 15 minutes for the SPF to fully absorb.
  6. Prefer lotions to sprays. They have better coverage.
  7. If you get your legs wet or sweat during sports, apply within 30 minutes again.
  8. Wear UPF pants/skirts, UV can penetrate most textiles.
  9. Plan your outdoor activities to low radiation hours – before 10:00 am or after 16:00 pm.
  10. Walk and sit in the shade. Reduce the amount of hours your legs are exposed to direct sun light.

Wearing Sun Protective Pants and Skirts

Most of us will not maintain permanent sun screening creams and lotions on legs every day. The alternative solution is wearing sun protective clothing, which can filter and block up to 99% of incoming UV radiation.

These clothes have become very popular, and new stylish designs are available for working women. Look for clothes which carry the UPF 30-50 rating.

It is the highest rating possible for UV blocking clothes. Clothes which have UPF 15 are less recommended for sunny states.

Here are several examples of protective clothes you can wear to reduce your risk of lower body harmful sun exposure.

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Beach Pants – Sun Protective

Women's UPF 50 Coolibar

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Beach Pants – Sun Protective

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Swim Tights – Sun Protective

 

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Swim Tights

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Swim Tights

 

ExOfficio Women’s Nomad Roll-Up Pant

Women's UV Protective Pant

ExOfficio Women’s Nomad Roll-Up Pant

 

Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Full Leg Pant 

Women's UPF 50 Pant

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