The Importance of UV Safety

July is one of the hottest summer months, where many people go to the beach, have outdoor parties, lay out at their pools, or have barbeques. July is also UV Safety Month.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? The main cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays can also damage your eyes and cause wrinkles and blotchy skin. Anyone is at risk for skin cancer; however the risks are higher for individuals with white or light skin with freckles, those with blond or red hair, or have blue or green eyes.

There are many ways to prevent skin cancer, such as staying out of the sun between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and wearing sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher. If you are outside make sure you wear long sleeves and a hat to protect exposed skin from UV rays.

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