Hello Connection Family,
I try to remember to wear a hat with a wide brim and apply 50+ sun block before going outside...rain or shine.
I remember to apply the sun block also to my ears,face, back of the legs and neck, and ankles..... all skin exposed to the sun.
I used to love laying out and getting tan...but with the ozone hole expanding, the sun rays are really much more damaging to us now. 🤥
In the article Can the chemicals in sunscreen cause cancer? the following sentences caught my attention... " A few studies have suggested that parabens act like estrogen in the body, which can speed up the growth of breast cancer tumours. We need more research to understand this association better.:" Since I don't want my sunscreen to counteract the effects of my Tamoxifen I checked the Tamoxifen Information sheet given to me by my medical oncologist. "Use sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and a SPF of at least 30" No mention of problem ingredients. So should I be concerned?
I've checked into Parabens and found they come with many names; methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, heptylparaben, ispropylparaben, plus others that don't include the name paraben; 4hyroxybenzoic acid, para-hdroxbenzoic acid, alkyl parahydroxy benzoates.
The sunscreen I use does not have parabens. I will continue to check out ingedient lists of sunscreens as I am out shopping.
I am wondering what sunscreen others on Tamoxifen are using. Are you concerned your sunscreen might counteract your Tamoxifen?
I am concerned about anything that may reduce or counteract the affect of the Tamoxifen LPPK so this morning when I read your post, I checked my sunscreen. Sure enough, 2 parabens in it. Sigh. So now I am on the hunt. Thank you so much for the informative post. Would you PM me with the name of the sunscreen you use?
According to the Canadian Dermatology Association... Many people aged 60 or older face a high risk for developing skin cancer. If you are in this age group, you grew up in a time when little was known about how too much sun could cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. The truth is that it is never too late for sun protection. By protecting your skin from too much sun you can help prevent the onset of skin cancer and more sun damage to the skin. Keeping your skin healthy can help you enjoy your senior years to the fullest!
I find it helpful to know the UV index each day since I work outside most days.
Low – UV Index 1-2
Minimal sun protection required for normal activity. Wear sunglasses on bright days and cover up and use sunscreen if outside for more than one hour.
Moderate – UV Index 3-5
Take precautions. If outside for 30 minutes or more, cover up, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen and look for shade near midday when the sun is strongest.
High – UV Index 6-7
Protection required. Reduce sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Take full precautions by covering up, wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Very High – UV Index 8-10
Extra precautions required. Avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Take full precautions by covering up, wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Unprotected skin will be damaged and can burn quickly.
Extreme – UV Index 11+
Take full precautions. Avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cover up, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Unprotected skin will be damaged and can burn in minutes.
Hello everybody. Just wanted to share some an interesting app from EWG. It has a list of healthier sunscreens and you can even scan a UPC code and it will give you a rundown of the ingredients and their health risks. I don't know about all of you but around here the mosquitoes are terrible, and I was wondering which bug spray can be safely used as well. EWG also has a list of approved bug sprays, general rule being max 25% DEET to be effective, but it is a matter of personal preference as well. Here is the link to their website but the app can be found at Google Playstore or the Apple store https://www.ewg.org/
Enjoy your summer :)
Thanks for the link Razma the info on bug spray is very timely for me. The other day as I was applying my bug spray over my sunscreen I started wondering what harmful ingredients were in my bug spray. I need to apply both as I work outside daily and need to consider sun safety, tick safety and warding off the deer flies and mosquitoes .
Thanks Elsie13 for the link. I have no choice but to be out in the sun daily during April through October and have found that sun protective clothing, while at times hot, really helps me to stay protected.
LPPK I see a lot of men working outside in summer, for example roofers, all kinds of construction workers, garbage collectors, gardening services. Also a lot of young men and women work as life guards. This morning, the two young men doing the garbage pickup here were wearing the yellow sleeveless vests, but no t-shirts! I think they were working on their tans! I wish they knew what danger they were in! One of the instructors at the gym, I see him outside smoking sometimes!
In 2016: diagnosed with stage 2 ovarian cancer. Treatment: hysterectomy, chemo, radiation. Afterwards: No Evidence of Disease!
LPPK I love it! I was with 2 friends last week. We went to wards island. One of them looked like she baked in the sun quite often. I was concerned with cancer and offered her sunscreen. She said I was being negative thinking of the sun being related to cancer. She relates it to vitamin D not cancer and that I have a negative way of thinking. To me,it's just a fact and well researched. Sun exposure causes skin damage and sometimes cancer. I can't force them to use sunscreen but I certainly will.
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While on an 11 day Caribbean cruise I used sunscreen every day and applied it morning and afternoon ( usually I wear my sun shirt but the heat was uncomfortable) Everything was fine until the last day when my first bottle of sunscreen ran out and I started on the second bottle (from the same package of 3 bottles). I used the last of the first bottle on my legs and the new bottle on my arms and neck. The next day on the flights home I felt a little itchy but just though it was the closeness in the airplanes. The day after I had big red, very itchy blotches on my arms and neck, and I would gladly have scratched my skin off if possible.
My nurse practitioner didn't know what to think of the rash, thougth it was sand flea bites at first but there were no bite marks. She prescribed me 5 days of half dose of prednisone, the itching has subsided. My skin still looks blotchy and dry.
So now I have to find out if it was a reaction to sunscreen.