It's a fact: Overexposure to the sun can result in skin cancer later in life.
What are your family's risks from exposure to powerful UV rays?
The Dangers of UV Exposure
- You can sunburn even on a cloudy day.
- On average, children get 3 times more exposure than adults.
- Concrete, sand, water, and snow reflect 85% to 90% of the sun's UV rays.
- Depletion of Earth's ozone continues to increase your exposure to UV rays.
- In some parts of the world, melanoma is increasing at rates faster than any other cancer.
- More than 1.2 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the US.
- Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills one person every hour.
- One blistering sunburn can double a child's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
BLOCK THE SUN, NOT THE FUN!
Interesting Sun Safety Facts:
- Insect Repellants reduce sunscreen’s SPF by up to 1/3. When using a combination, use a sunscreen with a higher SPF!
- Check your local UV Index which provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. The UV Index forecast is issued each afternoon by the National Weather Service and EPA.
- The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so remember the shadow rule when in the sun: "If your shadow is short it’s time to abort and seek the shade!"
- The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens or the price tag. While both plastic and glass lenses absorb some UV light, UV absorption is improved by adding certain chemicals to the lens material during manufacturing or by applying special lens coatings. Always choose sunglasses that are labeled as blocking 99-100% of UV rays. Some manufacturers’ labels will say “UV absorption up to 400nm.” This is the same thing as 100% UV absorption. Look before you choose!
- Sunburn doesn’t only happen during the summer! Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn. Protect yourself year round by using sunscreen with protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and an SPF of 15 or greater. Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen on the exposed areas of your skin whenever possible!
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