Good luck to all of our patients and friends who are running in the TCS NYC Marathon on November 6th. We are rooting for you!
An estimated 20% of people will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Studies show that marathoners have a higher exposure levels to ultraviolet radiation and pollution, all of which contribute to skin aging, brown spots, and skin cancer. Protect yourself! Here are some steps that you can take to protect yourself on the big day:
1) Look for a sunscreen that has SPF 30 or higher, is water resistant, and offers broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection. Both UVA and UVB are implicated in skin cancer. Dr. Madfes and Dr. Williams both highly recommend the ELTA brand because their line of sunscreens are often also very moisturizing. Dr. Williams recommends that patients layer a lotion first, and then use a spray for touch ups every 2 hours. Coppertone Sport spray and Coppertone Sport face stick are 2 other favorites.
3) Never underestimate the power of physical blocks via clothing, shades, and garments.
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