During the summer families are enjoying the warm weather and sunny skies outdoors. Many are often enjoying activities such as camping, swimming at the beach or fishing on a boat and are being exposed to direct sunlight. July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and the American Cancer Society reminds us that most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to UV light which mainly comes from the sun. However, there are things that the American Cancer Society says you can do to protect yourself and your family when out in the sun this summer.
· Stay in the shade
*Children need special attention to keep them protected from the sun. They usually spend more time outdoors and burn more easily. Babies younger than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. They should also wear hats and protective clothing.
· Wear clothes to cover your skin
· Wear a wide brim hat
· Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays
· Use sunscreen and apply it correctly
*Sunscreen used on babies should be put on small areas of exposed skin
*Tips on sunscreen usage: use at least 1 ounce of sunscreen (about a shot glass or enough to fill the palm of your hand) to cover your arms, legs, neck, and face. Sunscreen is just a filter; it does not block all UV rays. Use it, but take other steps to protect yourself, too.
· Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps
For more information, go to cancer.org/sunsafety or read more tips at: https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/cancer-control/en/booklets-flyers/protect-from-the-sun.pdf