Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year, nearly a million people in this country will learn they have skin cancer and the risk continues to rise as you get older. Senior Helpers of Miami, one of the leading in-home providers of senior care, is raising awareness about new FDA guidelines regarding sunscreens, which apply to people of all ages, not just young children and adults.
Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, according to the American Cancer Society, says Yolanda Schon, Care Manager of Senior Helpers of Miami. Most skin cancers appear after the age of 45 and it's never too late to protect yourself from the sun. We encourage seniors to get some fresh air and exercise to stay active, but their skin is more sensitive than others. Even if they're going outside for a short 15 minute walk, our caregivers are there to help them apply their sunscreen as needed.