The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says most skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. "Any abnormal changes to the skin can be a sign of cancer. The best way to check is to consult a dermatologist," said Carly Benford, clinical research coordinator at USA said.
Olympic marathon runner - Deena Kastor has suffered from melanoma three times. That makes her constantly remind herself and other athletes about the importance of protecting the body from UV radiation when exercising outdoors. Deena Kastor is wearing a hat, long sleeves, applying sunscreen when going out and regular skin checks with a dermatologist.
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There is no need to wear sunscreen if you have little sun exposure
Benford - an American runner, said that many runners who are not expected to run long outdoors should intend to skip the sunscreen. "But if you live in a place with a high UV index, like Florida, 20 minutes outside can also easily cause sunburn," said American dermatologist Heather Woolery-Lloyd.
Of course, this also depends on the time of day. Specifically, staying outside for 10 or 20 minutes in the early morning or evening is not a problem as in rush hour like 10h - 16h.
Runner should use sunscreen to protect the skin, especially when running in the summer. Ảnh: Shutterstock.
Dark skin does not need sun protection
Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd said, skin cancer is less common in people of color, but it still happens. According to AAD, skin cancer in darker skin tones is often diagnosed at a later stage, and is more difficult to treat. Therefore, it is best for runners, regardless of skin color or white skin, to apply a layer of sunscreen to the body before outdoor activities.
Experts say even people in the car or office can get sunburned if the sun shines on their skin through the glass window. That's why, although not in direct sunlight, just sitting in the office, many people still use sunscreen.
Just apply sunscreen in the summer
Like many people, runner thinks of running in the winter, not exposed to the sun, so does not need sunscreen. In fact, even if it is dark and not sunny, UV light can still affect the skin. Therefore, when outdoors, runner should apply sunscreen to protect against UVA and UVB rays at least 30 SPF.
Dermatologists recommend that people choose mineral-based sunscreens (zinc oxide or titanium oxide) because they are chemically safe, better for the environment, and provide an effective physical barrier to help counteract radiate rays from the body.
Get out right after applying sunscreen
For sunscreen to effectively protect the skin, runner should apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out. This ensures the product has time to penetrate, associated with the skin.
In addition, to limit the harmful effects of sunlight, runner can plan to jog at times when the sun is less intense such as early morning or late afternoon or evening. Besides, prioritizing shady routes or choosing clothes with sun protection is also a solution.
An Nhiên (theo Women's Running)