The reasons for the rise in skin cancer in athletes include:
- Increased time doing outdoor activities
- Decrease in the coverage of clothing worn
- Increased sweating
Skin cancer can occur in anyone; however, some characteristics may increase your personal risk, such as:
- Fair skin
- Blue, green, or hazel eyes
- Light-colored hair
- A tendency to burn rather than tan
- A history of severe sunburns
- Have many moles (over 50 – 100)
- A personal or family history of skin cancer.
- Work outdoors
Preventing Skin Cancer
The following tips can help you prevent skin cancer:
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
- Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin
- Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15-30 minutes before going outdoors; reapply every two hours.
- Avoid exercising between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand. They reflect the damaging rays of the sun.
- Do not burn.
- Any time you notice a new or unusual area on your skin, see your physician.