Summer has arrived and while the sun is shining bright it's the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather. But are you protecting yourself from potential risks? By learning the risks associated with too much sun exposure and taking the right precautions to protect you and your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely.
Ultra violet (UV) light is a form of radiation. These invisible rays are part of the energy that comes from the sun. Overexposure to the sun's UV rays can cause damage to the skin and cause different types of skin cancer. It's always important to stay safe when your family is playing in the sun. While it may seem like a sunburn is a temporary irritation, it can leave long-lasting damage to your skin. According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, "Just one blistering sunburn during childhood can double the chances of developing melanoma later in life."
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 5.4 million basal skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and nearly 3.3 million people are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancers annually. Even more troublesome is that many people are diagnosed with more than one skin cancer type. Invasive melanoma represents about 1% of all skin cancer cases, but it accounts for the majority of skin cancer deaths with an estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma annually and 9,730 deaths annually. Overexposure to UV radiation can also cause eye cataracts, eye damage, skin aging, growths on the skin, and immune system suppression.
Here are a few tips that can help protect you from harmful UV rays:
Have a Safe Summer
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