July is UV Safety Month

The summer heat and sun have arrived! The joyful days of summer bring swimming, gardening, running in sprinklers, outdoor games and many other activities that can have us in the sunshine for hours.

As we bask in our summer sun, it is important to think about skin safety.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US? Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV rays also can cause damage to the skin that results in wrinkles and blotches.

Protect yourself this summer from the sun’s damaging rays by taking the following steps:

  • Stay in the shade as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Look stylish and mysterious by wearing a big hat and sunglasses.

In search of other valuable resources on sun safety? Take a look at these links:

CDC Skin Cancer Prevention

CDC — Protecting Children from the Sun

New York State Department of Health — Skin Cancer

Recap what you learned today by taking this quiz from the American Cancer Society.

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