• Radiation and sunscreen .......

    Asked by Leung on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Radiation and sunscreen .......

    I saw an answer about sunscreen and radiation..... My question is how long should you stay covered up and protected with sunscreen after radiation? Is this a forever thing? I know sunscreen is always a good idea, but now is it more important ?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My Doctor says Yes, cover up now and always, it's important. I just have trouble remembering to do it.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      It's a life long thing.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Sunscreen is forever. Its not worth the trouble to skip it.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1 (Best Answer!)

      For life..You cannot ever get sun on the location where you were radiated. I have found wonderful tee shirts that have SFD 30 in them. I now where them under everything. I am using SFP 85-100 at all times.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Sunscreen is not just for after radiation. Its for all skin, at all times.

      As someone dealing with skin cancer, I find it impossible to compute someone not using Sunscreen, but to play devil's advocate------Sunscreen does several things. If you are trying to get a tan, it helps to keep you from burning which will lead to a spotty tan, if you are trying to look young, it keeps the sun from damaging your skin and aging prematurely. And if you are hoping to live a long life, it helps keep skin cancer at bay. (Guess I failed as an advocate, but its just too important not to emphasize that it can help you avoid a serious, chronic illness and perhaps your life.)

      Its not foolproof, but it certainly is better than the alternative. Before, and certainly after my diagnosis, I could spot a bad tanner at 20 feet (I was never big on tanning, I probably picked up the melanoma cells as a child before we knew as much as we do now.). Its not worth it to skip the sunscreen (broadspectrum, spf 30 or more) at any time, for any reason.

      over 3 years ago

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