July is UV Safety Awareness Month
What is ultra violet radiation? Ultra violet (UV) radiation are invisible rays that 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.”
Tanning beds are another source of UV radiation. In order to prevent the risk of developing skin cancer, it’s best to limit your time in tanning beds or use a sunless tanner to help achieve that beautiful bronze glow.
Here are a few tips that can help protect you from harmful UV rays:
- Wear sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of at least 30.
- Wear protective clothing such as pants, long sleeved shirts, and sunglasses, when possible.
- The sun is at its strongest from 10 a.m. to 4p.m., so try and take a break in the shade during those hours.
- Avoid tanning beds.
- Early detection of melanoma or any skin cancer is important. Both monthly self skin examinations and yearly skin examination by your health care provider can help identify melanoma early.