Being Sun Smart: Sun Safety Tips

The physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers caution patients, and the general public, about the dangers associated with excessive exposure to the sun. With nearly 300 sunny days per year in the Las Vegas Valley, and dangerous UVB rays finding their way through even cloudy days during the winter to the skin, has helped earn our home the top ranking for worst cities for your skin.

Las Vegas earned the worst city for skin ranking due to the combination of the region’s relatively high elevation, prevalence of smoke in places like casinos, and high temperatures. The combination contributes to approximately 22 high ozone days per year. These factors may all help contribute to increased risks for health issues including skin cancer and melanoma.

All of the warnings for skin cancer raised the question: is there any amount of sun that can be enjoyed outdoors safely? A recent story by Outside Magazine brought about some questions on that very topic, with some recommendations that people may lose some health benefits by completely avoiding the sun.

Researchers are showing that vitamin D supplements show little to no benefit to people. In November of 2018, one of the largest and most rigorous trials of the vitamin ever conducted—in which 25,871 participants received high doses for five years—found no impact on cancer, heart disease, or stroke through taking Vitamin D supplements.

With vitamin supplements not providing necessary results, and risks from the sun a challenge in Southern Nevada, the physicians at Comprehensive Cancer recommend that people look to find vitamin D from natural sources, which are more efficiently processed by the body. These foods include fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, orange juice, soymilk, and cereals. Vitamin D can also be found in beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.

“Being sun smart includes wearing hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, among other precautions, but it also means being aware of your skin and getting regular check ups to stay on top of your health management, “ said Dr. Wolfram Samlowski, medical oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers. “Remaining in good health requires a 360 degree approach and we urge everyone to be mindful of everything they can do, each day, to make that happen.”

Also noted by Dr. Samlowski, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are highly treatable. Malignant melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and more likely to spread to other parts of the body.

In sum, while it can be good to get a bit of natural sun exposure, the benefits from being sun smart should always be the top priority when being outdoors.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Comprehensive Cancer does its part to help fellow residents of the community be sun safe through partnerships with Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas, The soon-to-be Las Vegas Aviators, Springs Preserve, Downtown Summerlin and the Cadence master-planned community by providing free sunscreen at kiosks in each location, along with sun safety tips.

Should you receive a skin cancer or melanoma diagnosis, the Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients with cancer.  For certain patients, clinical research studies currently being conducted at Comprehensive Cancer Centers may offer additional treatment options. Please click here to learn more. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.


The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.