Four ways to protect yourself from skin cancer (we’re not talking sunscreen) | The Optimist Daily
Today’s Solutions: July 12, 2024

One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime. Many people don’t know this, but skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer worldwide, and in the United States, there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined. Research shows that the incidence of melanoma in women 18 to 39 increased 800 percent from 1970 to 2009. In other words, we should all be taking some precautionary measures to make the risk of getting skin cancer as low as possible—and we’re not just talking about applying sunscreen. The first thing you can do to avoid skin cancer is get your beauty sleep. Good sleep helps the body regulate its most important hormone: melatonin, which plays a key role in skin health. The next thing you should do is eat the rainbow. What we mean by that is add colorful foods to your diet rich in antioxidants such as collards, strawberries, sweet potatoes and spinach. Third, get caffeinated. Studies show that consuming caffeinated coffee may have an effect on lowering risk of melanoma. Lastly, get naked. The only way to examine your skin is to see it—up close and personal. Check your skin and see if there are any signs of skin cancer. If you act quick, you can stop skin cancer in its tracks. If you want more details for how to protect yourself from skin cancer, have a look here.

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