Sun Safety All Year Long
Over-exposure to UV rays causes sunburn, which can happen anytime of the year. Did you know that previous sunburning, especially at younger ages, increases the probability of skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The majority of skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to UV light.
- Protect your skin! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides these helpful tips to lower the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
- Remember that the sun’s rays can get to you even on cloudy days.
- Stay in the shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim that can shade your ears, face, and back of your neck.
- When possible, wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt. If not feasible, choose clothing with UV protection built in to the fabric.
- Don’t forget your eyes! Shaded lenses protect the skin around your eyes and reduce the risk of cataracts.
- Wear broad spectrum sunscreen. The higher the sun protection factor (SPF), the better.
- Check the sunscreen’s expiration date.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, after swimming, toweling off, or sweating.