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Preventing Skin Cancer Is Stylishly Hot!

by Cynthia Dermody on May 11, 2009 at 8:06 AM
stylish clothing that protects against the sun

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I'm probably in the minority, but I don't love to tan. I don't like the way I look with a tan, and I hate how dry and worn my skin looks several days after a good bake. My dermatologist obviously loves my pale self for this, though my husband does say my legs are a little scary when I wear dark shorts.

I really should have been born in Jane Austen's time period because I would have fit right in with all those sun-shy English ladies with parasols.

Unfortunately, parasols are not in fashion right now (a girl can hope), but I was happy to learn that some of the hottest style trends for summer also offer tons of sun protection.

I should probably defer to Beauty & Style Buzz guru Cafe Michele for the real scoop. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is not the fashion capital of the world by any stretch. But those docs do know their UVAs like anyone's business.

Here's a list of must-have sun protection clothing and accessories for summer from MD Anderson dermatologist Susan Y. Chon:

Sunglasses The trendiest sunglasses are those with extra-large frames that help shield the delicate skin around the eyes from skin cancer and aging. Sunglasses should have broad UV protect that absorbs at least 99 percent of UV rays.

Leggings A runway staple that can go under dresses and tunics, and even in hot weather they are not as heavy as pants. Women tend to develop skin cancer on their legs at a much higher rate than men, probably due to more exposure from wearing bathing suits and shorts.

Long dresses The move from mini to maxi or full-length dresses were everywhere on the spring/summer 2009 runway -- being worn for day and night.

Hats This season on the runway, the bigger the brim, the better. These modern, wide-brimmed sun hats (try to find a tightly woven one) shield the face, neck, ears and chest.

Tunic tops Boho-style beach cover-ups with long sleeves are a great way to save the skin from over-exposure in a teeny-bikini. Plus, they can transition from day to night when worn with chunky bracelets, necklaces and belts.

Scarves Summery shawls and scarves in lightweight fabrics are back again, helping to keep forgotten spots, such as the back of the neck and decolletage, safe.

One-piece bathing suits These are always "in," and help to protect the stomach and lower back (an area often missed while applying sunscreen).

 

Question: What's your favorite skin look?
  1. As pale as possible 15%
  2. As tan as possible 15%
  3. Slightly sun-kissed 53%
  4. Other 15%
Total Votes: 13
Voting on polls is not available on The Stir Mobile.

Filed Under: cancer, healthy habits

Comments

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  • Willy...
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    Willywonka06

    May 11, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Most skin cancer creates when your a younger child, I feel it's so important to keep your kids safe with the sun and as an adult too, although once in a while I do get a minor sun burn. I think light skin is pretty it's soft well maintained looking, some tans look ok others just look sluty.


  • magca...
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    magcamsmom

    May 11, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    My husband recently had surgery for a melanoma on his back, and he has a second surgery coming up to remove another cancerous mole.  Fortunately they were caught very early, and will not require further treatment. But to remove that one tiny mole, and make sure that they got  all the cancer-he ended up with a 1"x1" hole in the middle of his back. They also needed to do a skin graft. Thankfully they got it all. It was just a small mole that had turned a darker shade. It really did look innocent-but it was something that could have killed him. I have always made sure that my kids wear sunscreen-but because of this-I have become even more diligent. My husband does not have fair skin, we would have never thought he would end up with skin cancer. Please, everyone, wear your sunscreen, make sure your kids wear their sunscreen, and check your moles, and skin, for any changes. Your kids need you!


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    runner-mom

    May 12, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    My older sister is a stage 4 malignant melanoma survivor. She was diagnosed at the age of 34.  She had never been in a tanning bed in her life, just normal sun exposure from being outdoors.  I am so thankful she beat the cancer.  a tan to "look good" is simply not worth losing your life. 


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    luchousdiva

    May 15, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    I have friends who are going through see what there moles are right now so I totally understand about protecting your skin.  Now they are wishing they had worn those big hats and more sun screen.  I pile my sun block on me and my kids and what I find interesting is that some people look at me strange.  Some african americans think that we don't need sun block but I didn't know that skin cancer was picky on color. 


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