According to the CDC, less than half of seniors protect their skin from the sun when outside for an hour or more on a warm, sunny day which can increase their risk of getting skin cancer.
More than 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. The CDC says most cases of skin cancer are found in people older than 65, but information rarely targets seniors in providing ways to reduce skin cancer risk.
Because the average lifespan has increased over the years, people over the age of 65 can expect to live, on average, around 20 more years. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the longer people live, the more likely they are to develop skin cancer.
Aging brings changes to our skin's ability to fight off skin disease. Poorer healing capacity, weaker immune systems, thinner skin and damage from external factors like pollution and smoking all contribute to accelerated skin aging and increase our risk for skin cancer.
The UV index (available on most weather apps) allows you to see the forecasted strength of UV rays. When the UV index is above three, you should plan on protecting your skin from the sun while outdoors. The CDC recommends a few ways to protect yourself from the sun, such as:
- Stay in the shade.
- Use sunscreen.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Wear clothing to the ankles.
- Wear a long-sleeved shirt.
Learn more about UV Rays and how to protect yourself from them here.
Wellzesta is dedicated to informing seniors on safe habits to maintain to ensure an independent and healthy lifestyle.
Wellzesta’s Home Screen is equipped with a weather forecast, providing users the ability to plan their day’s activities and clothing depending on the temperature.
Wellzesta’s daily wellness content also provides users with videos and articles focusing on skin health and maintaining healthy habits for their bodies.
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