Sun safety - Sun protection clothing - sunscreen

When spending a long time in the sun’s rays, sun protection clothing such as women’s and men’s sun hats and applying the best sunscreen to protect your skin is a worthwhile defense against skin cancer.


It is an important part of skincare if you’re wanting to keep your skin from wrinkling and aging prematurely …and who doesn’t?

Developing these kind of habits greatly reduces the risk of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

Use Sun Protection Clothing

In the real world, for many people, it’s just not feasible to always avoid long periods in the sun to the point when damage begins. Construction workers, landscapers, lifeguards (somebody’s got to do it), truck drivers or any of us who regularly drive in the sun, simply running errands, should utilize sun protection hats and clothing and apply sunscreen as a sun safety measure against skin cancer.

How can you protect yourself best?

•Construction workers – If you need to wear a hardhat on your job and have a choice to choose one with a full brim …do it! If not, wear something else under it to protect your ears and neck area. If you don’t need to wear a hardhat, then wear a wide brim hat. Consider your arms as well and it’s wise not to go without a T-shirt. Always apply a safe sunscreen to exposed areas like your face, neck, arms and legs.

•Landscapers – Sun protection clothing and a good sunscreen is the safest thing you can do. I personally have spent a lot of time working outside over the course of my life. I ate a lot of fast, unhealthy foods (weakened my immune system) and developed a habit of drinking alcohol every day. (It wreaked havoc on my throat). My, almost fatal, skin cancer probably began on the outer tissue of my tonsils (throat) and then spread. The cancer was squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. I never wore hats or sunscreen …and now later in life (although the cancer that traveled inward never returned), I’m having multiple basal cell and squamous cell cancers appear on my face. They are very small and non-threatening and easily removed. I’m now going for my 3rd Mohs surgery. Don’t let this happen to you …Protect Yourself!!

•Lifeguards – First of all …my hat’s off to you for the outstanding service you provide and the strength and skill it takes to save another human being from drowning. You have my respect! Now let me attempt to save you from ever developing skin cancer, whether it be sooner or later. Skin cancer seems to be occurring more and more to those in a younger age group than in years past. is striking at a faster rate and early in life. It is usually triggered by overexposure to the sun, which there seems to be plenty of these days, especially in the U S and other Western culture countries. If the skin cancer doesn’t occur early in life, the sunburns and excessive tanning you do today can result in skin cancer later on in life, often beginning in your 40’s. Since you may not be wearing much sun protection clothing, your best option is to always use sunscreen, and not just on your nose:). Seek the shade as often as you can; canopies and sun shelters can provide safety. Aside from skin cancer, the excessive sunshine in your life can also wrinkle you up and cause you to age prematurely. So to all my lifeguard friends I’ll say, I don’t believe you want that.

• Truck drivers – You and many other drivers, simply running their daily errands drive around all day with their left arm always exposed to the sun and quite often the left side of their face. Well you know what happens then! Those areas are especially vulnerable to skin cancer and for sure will have sun damage. Sunscreen may be your best defense and possibly women’s or men’s sun hats would be helpful.

Look at what happened to this 69 year old truck driver, in case you think sun damage may not be that serious!

Truck driver's sun damage
Why does one side of this truck drivers face look older? New England Journal of Medicine

Sun Tan Lines

Sun tan lines mark the division from pale skinned areas and deeply tanned areas, even sometimes sunburned areas.

The tanned, sun damaged side is now at a higher risk for skin cancer, both melanoma and non-melanoma types.

These defining lines are the result of one area being covered with sun protective clothing and the adjoining area being overexposed to the sun.

You can get this by wearing T-shirts, muscle shirts, ball caps, gloves, shorts, bathing suits, tight fitting cycling clothing or any similar pieces of clothing. It happens when you work a lot out doors (farmers tan), play golf, go boating or any kind of lengthy outdoor activity.

If you really want to avoid the sun damage and look good for the long run, then wear some true sun protective clothing and put on sunscreen.

The Beach

You’re on vacation at the ocean , on a lake or floating down a river.

You need to think about sun protection clothing before you ever leave home.

As often as possible use beach umbrellas and sun shelters …enjoy yourself, but don’t stay exposed for prolonged periods of time. Keep using sunscreen and you should be able to avoid sunburn and not suffer when it’s all over.

You can get badly sunburned when you’re having fun in the sun and not thinking about your skin. It can happen quite fast, even on a cloudy, hazy day. You can enjoy your vacation with sun protection clothing and sunscreen, just as well as without it.

You won’t be suffering from sunburn and regretting it when it’s all over!

The remedy I use for any type of burn.

Sun Stroke


This is slightly off topic, but very important because it can happen to anyone who spends much time in the sun, especially on very hot days.

Sun stroke is when your body temperature rises due to the sun’s heat and it loses its ability to cool itself. This is a dangerous condition and can cause organ dysfunction, brain damage and be life threatening.

If you feel this is happening , call 911 immediately and take all measures to cool yourself down in the meantime.

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!