July is UV Safety Awareness Month. 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.
The sun emits radiation that we all know as UV-A and UV-B rays. Both of these types can damage your eyes and skin. Overexposure to UV radiation can also cause eye cataracts, eye damage, skin aging, growths on the skin, and immune system suppression.
Fortunately, there are measures to minimize the risks that comes with sun exposure. It is important to use hats or other shade-protective clothing to limit exposure to the rays. The Sun’s glare is most intense at midday. Limit exposure to the Sun and stay in the shade when you can. Choose the right sunscreen and use the right amount needed. When out in the sun, apply at least one ounce (a palmful ) of sunscreen every two hours. It should be applied more often when sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
By taking proper precautions and following some important steps, you can enjoy the sun the right way, without having to worry about getting any of the risks that come along with it.