It’s no secret that women are known to be more proactive regarding their general health than men, this especially being the case in relation to getting their skin checked and applying sunscreen. But according to some eye opening skin cancer statistics, men need to do more in order to protect themselves from the dangerous effects of too much sun exposure. Between outdoor work and recreation, men on average accumulate more unprotected sun exposure than women, but are less likely to wear sunscreen or get their skin checked…this is no bueno!
Here are a few more skin cancer statistics men in particular should be aware of:
- Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in American men
- Men over 50 are more than twice as likely as women to develop and die from skin cancer
- Men are twice as likely to develop basal and squamous cell skin cancers than women (which if diagnosed, incidentally may increase your risk of developing other cancers)
Twice as many men die from melanoma every year, and the mortality rate has only been increasing. So what can we do? Ladies: don’t be afraid to start nagging! We love our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, boyfriends, husbands (you get the point), and many of them simply lack the necessary knowledge regarding the dangers of UV exposure and skin cancer. So encourage them to cover up, and to get their skin checked. The 5 year survival rate for melanoma that is detected and treated before it reaches the lymph nodes is 98 percent. This is great news for early detection efforts, so we must keep spreading the word!
Fellas, what can you do? Firstly, don’t be stubborn and put off getting checked by a dermatologist or physician. If you notice a mole that itches, bleeds, is tender or grows, get it checked by a professional. This could literally SAVE YOUR LIFE. In the meantime, protection and prevention are key. Shield your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing UV protectant clothing, a wide brim hat, and applying a broad spectrum sunscreen to any and all exposed areas at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure (make sure to reapply every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating). Seek the shade during peak hours (10 AM – 4 PM), wear UV protective sun glasses, and most importantly, get your skin checked. For those of you who don’t know how to perform a self skin check, click here.
Ladies, do the wonderful men in your life a favor and share this post. They may learn something vital to their well-being that they were unaware of before, and you may potentially save a life. And fellas, take what you read here to heart, and follow our advice. Practicing sun safety is easy, and everyone deserves to live and have fun outdoors.
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