What have you done for your skin lately?

This is a continuation of the SPF and skincare question.  Some of you may have listened to my summary on this topic at my Judith Guerra Wellness Connections Podcast on Spotify.  This post provides details for you on where you can find the tools you need to participate in a well-being program for your skin.

I happen to think men believe that women spend way too much time on their skin/beauty regimens, which could be true (LOL).

What some men may not know is that by age 50 men are more likely than women to develop melanoma. And, that number continues to increase. (At age 65, men are 2 times more likely as women the same age to get Melanoma). At the age of 80 it is 3 times more likely. The research facts reveal Melanoma is harder on men. Melanoma strikes men harder – AAD

I can actually confirm that none of the men I know use SPF.
If you are a man reading this post – do you? On a walk recently, I asked a neighbor, whom I see often, whether he had on SPF – he quickly admitted he did not. In addition, he did not have on a hat. This man is about 65-70 years old. I suggested he may want to consider using an SPF. He promised he would. As I said, The research shows that at his age he is 2 times more likely than a woman to develop melanoma. According to the AAD: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

In addition, Melanoma is more than 20 times more common in whites than in African Americans. Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 2.6% (1 in 38) for whites, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for Blacks, and 0.6% (1 in 167) for Hispanics.

Although skin cancer is less prevalent in the black community than in the white population, when it does occur among people of color, it tends to be diagnosed at a later, and more advanced, stage.

♥ Studies show that black people are four times more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage melanoma and tend to succumb at a rate of 1.5 times more than white people with a similar diagnosis. The Sunscreen Gap: Why Black People Still Need SPF (healthline.com)

The most important part of this information I want to share is that Melanoma is highly treatable. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has free help and literature available. Just click the link to their website right here to learn more: Free skin cancer screenings (aad.org).

♥ Those of you who have not heard my summary podcast should be aware of the following recommendations: 1) See a Dermatologist once a year; 2) Dermatologists recommend that all skin types use a product with a minimum of SPF 30 that is water-resistant and broad-spectrum, which deflects both UVA and UVB rays; 3) You can read my post about this topic on my “Hairblues.me” blog at this link: Is Sunscreen for Darker Skin People Necessary? | HairBlues
♥ Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in people younger than 30 (especially younger women). Melanoma that runs in families can occur at a younger age.

Stay beautiful folks, and have a skin safe and well-being summer!

Check reference here: Find a Dermatologist – The Skin Cancer Foundation

Seal of Recommendation – The Skin Cancer Foundation
Blog – The Skin Cancer Foundation
Annual Exams – The Skin Cancer Foundation
♥ True or False: Dark-skinned People Don’t Need Sunscreen | Winchester Hospital

Free Photos: Pexels.com

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