Summer is just around the corner and we are all excited to have longer days and warmer temperatures. As we prepare to make the most of this summer and go on vacation and barbeque with friends and family, we have to remember the importance of being safe under the sun. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the primary cause for skin cancer. Furthermore, it can also cause damages that are irreversible to your skin, eyes, and immune system. Here are some tips that you could use to reduce your risks as you enjoy this summer.
Did you know?
- One single sunburn increases your risks for skin cancer
- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer with one in every five Americans developing it
- About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun
- Men over the age of 50 are twice as likely to develop skin cancer because there is less hair to cover the ears and scalp, where cancer is developed most often.
So how do we enjoy the sun safely?
- Slip – Slip on a shirt to protect you, this is the best way to protect the top half of your body
- Slop – Slop on sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or more – no matter what your skin tone or color. Apply at least 30 minutes prior to exposure and reapply every 1-2 hours especially after swimming or heavy perspiration
- Slap – Slap on a hat to protect your face- the bigger the brim, the better it is
- Wrap – Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes
- “Slip! Slop! Slap!®Wrap” will help you remember some of the steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays this summer:
*Sources: sunsmart.org, www.cancer.org