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 July is Sun Safety Month

HEALTHY YOU is spreading the message of sun, fun, and UV safety during July--Sun Safety Month. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United Stated. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles, blotchy skin, and damage to your eyes.

These are just some of the reasons why HEALTHY YOU is raising awareness of the risks of sun damage. During the month of July, join us in talking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greatest for people with:

>>White or light-colored skin with freckles

>>Blond or red hair

>>Blue or green eyes

Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow.  In New England, UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer.

Use sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV--A and UV--B rays. By protecting your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays with sunglasses, you can reduce risks for some minor or serious eye problems.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these easy options for sun protection:

>>Seek shade, especially during midday hours between 10 AM and 4 pm.

>>Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.

>>Wear a hat with a widebrim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.

>>Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.

>>Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.

Also, avoid tanning beds and sunlamps.  The UV rays from them are as dangerous as the UV rays from the sun.

July is Sun Safety Month. Healthy You. Retrieved on June 30 from http://www.healthyyouhmi.org/HEALTHY_YOU_Feature_Stories/July_feature.asp

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