CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - So if you looked out the window today, saw clouds and thought, "Cloudy, I'll skip putting sunscreen on the kids before the park," chances are you weren't alone. But it is not a great idea.
This morning Carolinas HealthCare Foundation held their 11th Annual Melanoma Awareness Golf Tournament at Carmel Country Club. I watched golfer after golfer slathering on their SPF30 before hitting the links, even as thick clouds hung over the bright green course.
The tournament is made up of doctors, researchers, melanoma survivors, and those who've lost someone to the deadly cancer. A cancer that kills one American ever hour of the year. That almost ten thousand people annually.
When I asked about the clouds and sunscreen, I got an answer that surprised me to some degree.
"It's important to wear sunscreen, even on a cloudy day, or if you're sitting in the shade. Clouds filter out sunlight but not UV rays, which are the bad ones that cause aging and cancer," said Dr. Richard White, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology at Levine Cancer Institute.
Shade… even if you plan on sitting in the shade you need to protect your skin.
For products I use daily, I try to make sure they include sunscreen. Things like moisturizer or lotion. I work on television, so I'm trying to protect my skin for a variety of reasons. I'd like to age as gracefully as possible. But I've also met survivors, and those who've lost someone to melanoma. It's a nasty cancer I would like to do anything I can to prevent.
I've been helping them kick off the tourney for a few years now. It's always a learning experience for me. I had no idea that melanoma can show up in your nails, or your mouth? Did you?
The sun is certainly beautiful when it's out. And we miss it when it's covered by clouds. But the sun is really powerful. Enjoy it with care!