National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (NYACAW) kicked off this past Monday, April 1, 2013. Launched by Vital Options International© founder and a 30-year young adult cancer survivor, Selma Schimmel, NYACAW is a week dedicated to shedding light on all forms of cancer young adults are facing, while also encouraging body awareness to detect suspicious nodules or lesions at the earliest stages.
According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), 72,000 young adults ages 15-39 are diagnosed each year with some form of cancer. Of those diagnoses, melanoma is one of the top five most commonly diagnosed cancers for those ages 20-39. When detected early, this devastating cancer can often be cured, allowing the survivor to lead a normal life.
Daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen, avoiding excessive sun exposure and abstaining from UV tanning beds are the most effective ways of preventing melanoma.
The FDA has taken the guess work out of purchasing sunscreen thanks to the recent changes regarding how sunscreen manufacturers label their packaging. Consumers can now rest assured they are purchasing an effective sunscreen just by looking at the label. A broad spectrum sunscreen product, containing ingredients to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, will state “broad spectrum” right on the front of the packaging. Based on stringent FDA regulated testing, sunscreen manufacturers can only market their product as “water-resistant” if it maintains its SPF level after 40 minutes, or “very water-resistant” if it maintains its SPF level after 80 minutes. The PCA SKIN suite of sunscreens are all broad spectrum sunscreen products that are also Skin Cancer Foundation approved.
Sun Safety Tips:
- Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily to dry skin 30 minutes prior to exposure.
- Reapply every two hours regardless of the active ingredients or sun protection factor (SPF).
- One full ounce of broad spectrum SPF should be applied to all exposed areas.
- Avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 4pm when UVA rays are at their strongest.