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Safety Tips For Reducing The Risk Of Skin Cancer in Victoria, BC

Uncategorized  |  August 29, 2019

Most seniors enjoy outdoor activities in their retirement, summertime activities especially. While it is important to spend time outside, stay vital, and engage in physical activity, older adults need to practice certain sun safety protocols if they wish to prevent skin damage and ward off the risk of developing skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and as much as 90% of diagnosed skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet radiation. As aging adults have more sensitive skin, they are more susceptible to sustaining sunburns and skin damage, which can lead to developing skin cancer.

The following precautions can help your loved one prevent skin damage and stay safe this summer:

  • Avoid the hottest hours of the day – From 10 am to 4 pm, the harmful UV radiation is at its peak. Unless absolutely necessary, your Mom or Dad should refrain from going out during these times. Instead, they can opt to take a walk in the early morning or late evening.
  • Dress adequately – When going outdoors, your loved one might want to consider sun-safe clothes for better protection. This means wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Accessories such as sunglasses, a hat, or a parasol can help too. In addition to this, seniors should remember to seek shade wherever possible and always bring a bottle of water with them.
  • Apply sunscreen throughout the day – It is important that your Mom or Dad creates a habit of applying sunscreen of at least SPF 30 before going outside. If they are about to stay out longer, sunscreen should be re-applied every two hours or so.
  • Practice medication safety – As some prescriptions may cause increased sun sensitivity, your loved one should consult with their doctor about their medications before engaging in any outdoor activities.
  • Recognizing the signs of skin cancer – Additionally, your parent should also consider undergoing an annual skin cancer assessment. Early detection is paramount for treating skin cancer successfully.

Comfort Keepers Can Help

At Comfort Keepers, we can help your loved one to lead an active, fulfilled lifestyle and boost their overall health as much as possible. Our dedicated caregivers can drive and accompany your loved one to appointments or social meetings, provide fluids and weather safety reminders, and support physician-prescribed diets and exercise regimens. This is just a tiny portion of the services we can provide for your family.

Feel free to contact our Victoria, BC office today to learn more. Comfort Keepers is happy to help!

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