With summer fun in the sun quickly approaching, it is important you take the time to practice sun safety and skin cancer awareness. The sun’s UV rays are quite harmful. In fact, the CSC reports the sun’s rays can damage your skin in just 15 minutes. Aside from skin damage, the sun can cause several forms of skin cancer, including Melanoma. Melanoma is the most aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer. With May being “Skin Cancer Awareness Month”, we would like to provide some sun safety and protection tips to lower your risk of skin cancer:
Stay in the Shade: The sun is the strongest between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. It is recommended to stay indoors or seek shade during those times. While outside, try to seek shade from the sun under a tree, umbrella, or other forms of shelter.
Cover up: If you are planning on being outdoors most of the day, be sure to wear clothing and accessories to cover up as much of your body as possible. This includes long-sleeved shirts, long pants or skirts, hats, and sunglasses.
Slather on the SPF: Apply a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day to all exposed areas of your body. For extended outdoor activity, and especially for children, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be re-applied throughout the day, especially after swimming or sweating.
Living in “The Sunshine State”, our risk of sun damage is year-round, which puts Floridians at an increased risk of developing skin cancer or sun damage. We hope you keep these tips in mind whenever you are heading out into the sun.
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