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The Risks of Skin Cancer in Men

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and men have a higher rate of developing it. Particularly, melanoma poses a significant health threat as the American Academy of Dermatology reports that men are more likely to develop melanoma than women as they get older. Their research shows that skin cancer in men is a growing concern, with men being less informed about the risks of sun damage and being more likely to overlook the early signs of skin damage until it becomes severe. 

Why Daily Sunscreen Matters

Using sunscreen every day is an important step in preventing melanoma and other skin cancers. Unlike occasional sunscreen application, which might occur only during particularly active days or special occasions, daily usage ensures continuous protection against the cumulative effects of sun exposure. According to studies, it has been shown to decrease the risk of developing melanoma by 50%. Skin cancer in men is particularly high due to men less frequently using sunscreen and spending longer times outdoors without proper protection.

How to Prevent Melanoma

Melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer, but it is also highly preventable with the right habits and protective measures. To effectively reduce your risk of melanoma, consider these strategies:

  • Regular skin checks: Early detection is crucial. Regularly check your skin for new moles or changes in existing moles' color or shape. If a mole has an irregular asymmetrical shape, unusual color, or abnormally larger size, talk to your dermatologist immediately.
  • Seek shade: Avoid direct sunlight, especially during peak hours of UV radiation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing: Long sleeves, hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses can shield your skin from harmful rays. Use these when possible to provide an extra layer of protection, especially during peak hours.
  • Avoid tanning beds: Tanning machines are never advisable as they pose a significant risk factor for melanoma. If you want a tan, opt for self-tanning products.
  • Incorporate SPF into your daily routine: Make applying sunscreen every day a habit, regardless of whether you plan to be outdoors or not. Consistent use of SPF can drastically reduce your risk of developing melanoma by protecting your skin from the cumulative damage caused by UV rays.

How Does Sunscreen Prevent Skin Cancer?

Sunscreen acts as a protective layer between your skin and harmful UV rays, which damage your skin cells' DNA and lead to skin cancer, including melanoma. Here’s how it works:

  • UV filtration: Sunscreen filters out and reflects harmful UV rays, preventing them from penetrating the skin and causing cell damage. The way sunscreen prevents UV rays from damaging your skin depends on whether it is a chemical or mineral formula. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and transform them into heat, which is then released from the skin. Mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, work by physically blocking and reflecting UV rays away from the skin's surface. 
  • Reduction in burns:  Sunscreen reduces the risk of sunburn by protecting your skin from excessive UV radiation. This radiation can overwhelm the body's natural defense mechanism, melanin, which protects the skin from sun damage.
  • Enhances skin health: Oars + Alps daily moisturizing sunscreen helps hydrate and nourish the skin, preventing the dryness and irritation often caused by exposure to the sun. Additionally, antioxidant-rich sunscreen helps prevent environmental damage from pollution.
Oars + Alps SPF 30 Spray Sunscreen and Mineral Sunscreen bottle in the sand on a beach.

Tailored Sun Protection for Active Lifestyles

Oars + Alps offers a range of sun protection products designed for men with active lifestyles. Our sunscreens provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, water and sweat resistance, and are light and non-greasy—perfect for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Our products are crafted to help men start and continue using sunscreen every day, ensuring protection that fits seamlessly into any daily routine.

Join Us in Fighting Skin Cancer

This Skin Cancer Awareness Month, take the initiative to protect yourself and your loved ones. Equip yourself with Oars + Alps sunscreen, specifically formulated for every skin shade and type. Discover which Oars + Alps sunscreen suits you best by taking our interactive sunscreen quiz. Or explore our full SPF collection to find the right product for your active lifestyle. Protect your skin, protect your health—start today.

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