Summer Sun Safety Tips
No matter where in the country you happen to be residing, this winter was a long hard one. Now that Memorial Day has passed, everyone is looking forward to the start of summer and lots of outdoor fun in the sun in the coming months.
Here are a few sun safety tips that won’t dampen your summer outdoor activities, including visits to the beach, hiking, biking and backyard fun:
- Whether sunny or cloudy, protect against UV rays year round.
- Remember that sunlight during the hours from 10am-4pm (9am-3pm daylight savings), is the most dangerous.
- Seek shady areas during the noon hours.
- Protect arms and legs with appropriate clothing.
- Use a hat that protects face, head and ears.
- Use sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.
- Make sure to use sunblock/sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).
According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is one of the most common forms of cancer. And while the numbers are low, the mortality rate is high – of the over 75 thousand new melanoma cases that will be diagnosed this year, over 9,500 people are expected to die (more men than women). And like all other cancers, it does not discriminate; African Americans and Latinos are also at risk. A Mayo Clinic study revealed that “skin cancer among middle-aged adults, 40 to 60 years old, has increased nearly eightfold between 1970 and 2009.”
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests the following:
- Be aware of the warning signs change in size, shape, or color of moles or skin lesions, the appearance of sores or skin growth.
- Regularly conduct self-exams and check for any abnormalities.
- Take into account a few factors skin type, how much sun exposure you’ve had, family history when you determine if you should have a full body exam.
Experts also suggest avoiding tanning salons. And don’t forget to schedule a visit to a dermatologist at least once a year.
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References: CDC, American Cancer Society, The American Academy of Dermatology, Science Daily
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