Want to significantly reduce your risk of getting a form of cancer? Simply use sunscreen.
Here are a couple of links to some really good information on sun and UV safety and reducing your risk of getting skin cancer.
This link has general sun safety information:
This link will give you the UV index for the day if you plug in your zip code:
A lot of people don’t give sun safety much consideration, please think about it again for both yourselves and your families.
Here are some basic facts:
– There are 1,200,000 NEW cases of skin cancer in the US each year
– 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
Adults should wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and children a minimum of SPF 30.
Sun Safety for Kids
Adults should wear a sunscreen with a minimum coverage of SPF15. Children should wear a sunscreen with a minimum coverage of SPF30. Remember that sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours tht children or adults spend in the sun and after getting wet (swimming or running through the sprinkler or playing on water toys).
The Sun provides us with a number of important functions. The Sun gives us warmth, it helps plants and vegetation grow and many other valuable functions. In fact we couldn’t live without it – in moderation it is one of the best parts of our lives. However, if you are exposed to too much of the Sun you can be putting yourself at risk of first and second degree burns, dehydration and possibly at risk of skin cancer.
Being outside during the daylight means people are in direct sunlight. Whether you are a child playing in the playground or an adult working in your yard, you are potentially at risk. To protect yourself from overexposure of the Sun, it is important to take certain precautions. Limiting the amount of time in the sun, finding shade when possible, wearing clothes that cover exposed skin, sunscreen usage and wearing hats are all effective ways to limit your skin to exposure to the Sun.
To learn more about the dangers of prolonged exposure to the Sun and what you can do to prevent overexposure, we have included the following resources. The links below present good information for adults and children concerning sun safety. Please feel free to use this information to stay safe while in the Sun. Forward this information to others who can benefit from this knowledge. And, stay safe and have fun in the Sun!
Dangers of UV Exposure from the Sun
- Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer
- Sun Safety and Kids Health
- The Potential Risks of Sun Exposure
- The Dangers of Sun Exposure
- Health Effects of UV Radiation
- Sun Exposure Dangers
Importance of Sun Protection
- How Can I Protect My Children from the Sun
- Prevalence of Sunburn
- Tips for Limiting Sun Exposure
- Keeping Kids Safe From the Sun
Sun Protection Information and Methods
- Sun Safety Information and Advice
- Sun and Skin Exposure
- Causes,Symptoms and Treatment of Sunburn
- WHO Sun Protection
- Shade – Skin Cancer Foundation
- Sun Safety and Skin Cancer
- What is Sun Safe Clothing?
- Dressing Your Baby in Sun Protective Clothing
- Preventing Eye Damage from the Sun
- How to Pick Good Sunglasses
- UV Radiation and Your Eyes
- Sunscreen and Safety Information for Kids
- Information About Sunscreen Ratings and Ingredients
- Sunscreen and Sun Protection
- Hats and Sun Safety for Kids
- EPA Sun Safety Resources
- Sun Safety for Youth