In May, 2010, I received radiation treatments for 36 days. After lumpectomy surgery the previous winter, chemotherapy continued throughout radiation treatments and extended beyond radiation treatments. Like other cancer patients who experienced radiation, I learned that I needed to avoid the sun for one full year following radiation. Why? Because radiated skin blisters easily.
But so can baby’s tender skin. So why not protect it?
Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer today. According to SkinCancer.org, “Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.” And according to Cancer.org, “Many of the more than 3 million skin cancer cases that are diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and avoiding indoor tanning.”
Because incidents of skin cancer are rising each year, we must be vigilant about sun exposure. Though the article I link below is targeted toward cancer patients receiving radiation, all of the information found within the article explain what YOU can do to protect yourself – and your children – from the sun’s more dangerous rays, even if nobody in your family has cancer or is receiving radiation.
From different types of sunscreen to protective clothing (yes, you can protect your clothing from the sun’s rays too!), you will find lots of useful information.
“Knowledge is power!”
Getting Radiation? Here’s How to Protect Your Skin with More Than Sunscreen: That Healthy Glow May Not Be Healthy After All