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Sun Safety for Seniors
July 28, 2020
“Many older adults, and their caregivers, don’t think they need to worry about skin cancer, but they should,” says Dr. David Richman, InnovAge medical director in Colorado. “Over the years, I’ve heard patients say they only use sunscreen on sunny days. But ultraviolet (UV) rays can still be harmful when it’s cloudy.”
In fact, research shows that most cases of skin cancer are found in people over the age of 65. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of U.S. older adults protect their skin from the sun when outside for more than an hour on a warm, sunny day.
Here are five steps to limit your exposure when spending time outside:
- Use sunscreen (the higher the SPF, the more it blocks UV rays).
- Stay in the shade.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Wear clothing to the ankles.
- Wear a long-sleeved shirt.