I happened upon this article today in Philly.com, the online version of the Philadelphia Inquirer. It is by “Patient #1” , a.k.a T.J. Sharpe, the melanoma blogger who shares his journey with Stage IV melanoma. Some of you who attended this year’s MIF “Safe from the Sun” event, will recall that T.J. was honored at the event.
He offers good advice on sun exposure as we now kick off the summer season:
MYTH: MOST OF THE SUN DAMAGE YOU INCUR HAPPENS BEFORE AGE 18.
The reality: “Recent studies have shown that by age 18, you’ve only accumulated 18 to 23 percent of the sun damage you’ll incur over a lifetime,” says Dr. Katie Rodan. That means that there’s still time to protect your skin from the sun and put off sun-induced aging. Do this by using sunscreen and products with sun-damage reversing ingredients such as vitamin C and retinol.
From skincancer.org: Actually, only about 23 percent of lifetime exposure occurs by age 18. You can — and should — help prevent sun damage at every age by following The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Prevention Guidelines.
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