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June 7, 2010

Protect Your Hands
Alexandra Andrews


While out and about, I notice people conscientiously using sun protection - wearing hats, with neck, arms, legs and feet covered, but their hands are naked, uncovered, waving in the sunshine. Pictures of our predecessors show them wearing lace mitts, muffatees or very long sleeves. The articles on the website, Cancer Supportive and Survivorship Care (http://www.cancersupportivecare.com) - stress shielding your skin against the sun's ultraviolet rays is vital.

Sunshine
(Sunshine)
Sun damage causes cosmetic skin changes associated with aging - wrinkles, leathery appearance, irregular pigmentation, age spots -- and may lead to skin cancer. Ultraviolet rays - UVA and UVB - penetrate the epidermis causing sunburn and skin cancer. Prevention of skin aging and cancer can make your life healthier and longer.

Skin cancer ranks as the most widespread cancer among Americans, but, fortunately, 90 to 95 percent of people with the disorder can be cured. Skin cancer can occur in all races and skin colors.

Sun Exposure: The Prevention of Skin Cancer
(Sun Exposure: The Prevention of Skin Cancer)
Cancer survivors should take extra care to protect their skin from sun exposure. Skin cancers are common second cancers, especially for those treated with radiation therapy. The best cure remains early detection, prompt treatment, and follow-up preventive care measures.

Lymphedema
(Lymphedema)
Managing lymphedema can be a lifelong process. The following precaution will help survivors avoid infections and support their lymphedema program: Protect skin from excessive sunlight (use sun screens and insect repellents).

Hats, clothing and shade are still the only completely reliable sun protection. A new rating system by the FDA wants sunscreen labels to advise consumers that using a sunscreen is just one way they can protect themselves against the sun. Limit time in the sun and wear protective clothing as part of a comprehensive sun protection regimen. The FDA warning is intended to increase awareness that sunscreens are only one part of a sun protection program.1

But what about your hands? Of course, you want your hands covered when gardening. You can choose gloves from cotton to leather, short to long. However, who wants to wear heavy woolen gloves when the temperature is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius)?
One option is to create your own hand covers - Protective Hand Covers

Thank you Berkeley Public Library Knitters Group for your input.

References:
1
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA Aims to Upgrade Sunscreen Labeling (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm049091.htm)
2
Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)(www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm)



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