• Being outside in the sun after being diagnosed? Do you avoid the sun at all costs? Or not take any precautions?

    Asked by CovidCancer on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Being outside in the sun after being diagnosed? Do you avoid the sun at all costs? Or not take any precautions?

    My doctor has said that we need to be careful and use a little sunscreen, and then in another appointment he said that I needed to avoid it all together. What do you do?

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • cllinda's Avatar

      My doctor just said to be careful in the sun. Wear a high number spf sunscreen, like over 50, and Wear a hat. Especially the first year after treatments. Your body goes through a lot and you need to take care of you. Also, some medicine can make you burn more than normal. Just be super careful, use sunscreens even on cloudy days and you should be fine. Hugs.

      about 1 month ago
    • BobsProstate's Avatar

      I was told the same, to just be aware of wearing a hat, put on sunscreen, avoid the hot direct sun when possible. I have a big wide hat that I wear outside now.

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I was never told to avoid the sun and I did not. My doctor was well aware that I was outside a lot as I ran agility with my dogs ... and he often asked how we were doing.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      11 years ago I was told that too, stay out of the sun. But I'm in the landscaping business so that's not possible. I have tried to wear a hat and sunscreen though.

      about 1 month ago
    • legaljen1969's Avatar

      I was told to be careful and use sunscreen.

      about 1 month ago
    • legaljen1969's Avatar

      It's hot as heck here anyway so I try to stay out of the heat. I am relatively fair skinned so I always use sunblock/sunscreen.

      about 1 month ago
    • Dianem's Avatar

      I was always cautioned to use sunscreen, at least 30. And I’m definitely a sun person, so this was a big change. Now, I’m reading that 20 minutes of unfiltered sun a day is a good source of vitamin d which is important. Go figure!

      about 1 month ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar

      Some types of chemotherapy, like anthracyclines, cause over sensitivity to sunlight. I was advised to cover up any areas of skin exposed while outdoors while I was on adriamycin (an anthracycline). Being covered had the added benefit of protecting me from insect bites.

      about 1 month ago
    • centered1's Avatar

      I've had 4 cancers in a 6 year period...one of them was malignant melanoma. My doctor told me to cover up while in the sun. I also take a vitamin d supplement.

      about 1 month ago

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