Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the leading cause of skin cancer. July is UV Awareness Month. During the month of July make sure to take action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.
Prepare for UV Awareness Month
Too much sunlight can cause several long-term health conditions:
- Visual Impairment
- A weakened immune system
- Wrinkles and sunburns
- Skin cancer
Prevent Getting Sunburned
Summertime means spending more time outside enjoying the nice hot air. Make sure to check the local UV index before spending time at the pool, going to the park, or even enjoying a walk with your Pokemon Go. Check your sunscreen to make sure the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is between 30 and 50; no one wants burnt skin. Always apply sunscreen lotion 15 minutes before going outside. You will need to reapply your sunscreen every two hours.
Protect Your Eyes From the Sun
Sunglasses can protect your eyes from UV rays on sunny days. If you are indoors sitting near a window, you should still wear sunglasses. Too much exposure to UV light can increase your risk of developing cataracts. Only wear sunglasses that offer UV protection.
What Time is the Hottest During the Day
You should avoid sitting in the sun between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. You need to wear sunscreen throughout the year, and you need to apply sunscreen more often if you are swimming or sweating. Some sunscreen lotions are waterproof, but you should still apply more sunscreen whenever you get out of the pool.