National UV Safety Month

by TOI Admin July 8, 2013

Now that Summer has officially arrived, it is important to remember that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and is mainly caused by the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes July as UV Safety Month to help raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action with prevention. A few simple, everyday steps can be taken to help prevent you from overexposure and the harmful effects of UV radiation. Below, you can find some sun safety tips provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

– Wear proper clothing that will protect your skin from the harmful UV rays, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants if necessary.

– Sunburns significantly increase the lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.

– Always go for the shade during peak hours, between 10am and 4pm.

– Remember that reflective surfaces, such as water, snow and sand, can reflect damaging UV rays and cause sunburn.

– Use caution at higher altitudes because there is less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.

– Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen, protecting against UVA and UVB rays, generously to exposed skin. The FDA recommends not only using a broad spectrum sunscreen, but also a sunscreen with a sun protector factor (SPF) value of at least 15 for protection of damaging UV rays.

– Always remember to re-apply broadspectrum sunscreen throughout the day, once every two hours, even if the sunscreen is labeled “water-resistant”.

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