If you’re anything like me or many others past the age of 40, you grew up spending a great deal of time outside in the sunshine. We didn’t have all of the electronic toys and devices that keep younger people indoors these days. We played many different kinds of sports outdoors. We hiked, fished, hunted, camped and oh, the many hours we spent at our favorite swimming pools or holes.
Now that we’re over 40, we discover that all that time we spent in the wonderful sunshine is now taking its toll on our skin. Another thing we are learning is that our skin is getting thinner and less resistant to cuts scrapes and bug bites. One of those tolls taken by our skin after years of exposure to the sun is skin cancer.
Some of the statistics on skin cancer may surprise you:
- Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people.
- Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
- Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.