July is UV Safety Month

From cook-outs to swimming pools to beach vacations, we spend a lot of July outdoors. But don’t let your fun in the sun affect your health—skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, and the main cause is exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

In honor of UV Safety MonthHealthfinder is an excellent source for vital information about UV radiation:

No one is immune to skin cancer, but people with these characteristics are the most at risk:

  1. White or light-colored skin with freckles
  2. Blond or red hair
  3. Blue or green eyes

You can prevent skin cancer by:

  1. Staying out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm
  2. Using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15
  3. Covering up with long sleeves and hats
  4. Checking your skin regularly for irregular spots

Don’t forget to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays!

  1. Always wear the proper protective eyewear when spending time outdoors.
  2. Look for shades that block out 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

This summer, enjoy your time outdoors and be sure to keep yourself safe!

For answers to your questions on this and other topics, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.

 

 

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