Did you know indoor tanning dramatically increases the chance of developing skin cancer?

Indoor tanning exposes users to two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB, which damage the skin and can lead to cancer. Exposure to indoor tanning, particularly in adolescence, increases the chances of developing skin cancer over a lifetime. According to a recent study, people who use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.

In addition, indoor tanning causes premature skin aging, like wrinkles and age spots, changes your skin texture and increases the risk of eye disease.

For more information about the dangers of indoor tanning, visit www.skincancer.org

Did you know sunscreens offer varying levels of protection against skin cancer?

Using sunscreen is an important way to protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancer, but some sunscreens provide better protection than others. A sunscreen’s SPF – or Sun Protection Factor – is a measure of its ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging the skin. The higher the SPF number, the longer the sunscreen should protect you against sunburn.

The CDC recommends using sunscreen with an SFP of 15 or higher that both UVA and UVB protection – even on cloudy or cool days.

For more information on skin cancer prevention, visit www.skincancer.org/prevention.

Signs and symptoms of shingles may include: Pain, burning, numbness or tingling, sensitivity to touch, a red rash that begins a few days after the pain, fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over, itching.

For more information on shingles visit mayoclinic.org and search “Shingles”

The shingles virus is painful and especially uncomfortable for adults. Dr. Kat Gregory from Siloam Family Health Center discusses the causes, treatment and prevention of shingles.

Anyone who has shingles and is contagious should also avoid contact with:

  • Anyone who has a weak immune system
  • Newborns
  • Pregnant women

For more information on shingles, visit mayoclinic.org and search “Shingles”