Sun Safety

Given the epidemic of skin cancer in this country, sun safety should now be an important part of our lives. Sun safety policies and strategies should be found in our homes, schools, work areas and recreation spots. They should be used daily by people of all color, and particularly those with fair skin and light eyes.

Sun safety should include methods of sun protection (which will help prevent skin cancers and premature aging) and methods of skin cancer detection. The combination will, as evidenced in Australia, help slow the epidemic of skin cancers, particularly melanoma.

Further, there are many easy to use products that will help make your life sun safe. Sun protective clothing , including hats, sunglasses, sunscreens, umbrellas, sun shades, awnings, canopies, window film or UV film, all will help protect you from ultraviolet radiation. It is important, however, that you familiarize yourself with how to best combine sun protection methods, what the standards for sun protection apply to each product and how best to use each product. For example, sun protective clothing should offer a UPF of 30+ and therefore block 97 percent of UV. Sunscreens are best if they are broad spectrum and have a SPF 30+. You should also know that all sunscreens should be applied 20 minutes before being exposed to the sun and should be reapplied every two hours while exposed.

Read the literature and become AWARE of the need for sun safety. Follow the advice provided by organizations such as the Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Environmental Protection Agency.



  Sun Safety

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