Summer fun can’t be beat! We all love enjoying the pool, relaxing on the beach, or strolling through shops with the ones we love. But there are consequences if you’re not protecting yourself from the sun.

1. Did you know that one in five Americans will develop a form skin cancer in their lifetime?

2. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.

3. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined!

These are not fun facts. Here’s what you need to know. The sun is strongest between 10am-2pm, it emits cancer causing ultraviolet rays so we have to use caution while enjoying our outdoors. The use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an spf of at least 30 will help protect you from UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens with higher spf’s only increase your protection slightly so don’t rely on them to offer much more protection. Watch out for reflective surfaces like sand, snow, and water these will increase your exposure the ultraviolet cancer causing rays. Wearing hats, and protective clothing is important. Finding shade, and reapplying sunscreen every 2 hrs or less and immediately after sweating or getting wet. Prevention is key, skin cancer can be prevented with just a little care. Let’s keep our summers fun and safe for you and your loved ones!

Noel has been with Farrior Facial Plastics for 15 years and has over 20 years’ experience working in the medical field. She delivers high quality patient care and is accessible any day to answer your questions. Email your questions to!