UV Safety Month: July
Just as the summer heat peaks and the sun’s rays are the strongest, we observe UV Safety Month in July. Despite the sun safety awareness initiatives, there will be a million cases of skin cancer diagnosed this year. One in five Americans will get skin cancer during their lifetime, and it’s the second-most diagnosed form of cancer in people age 15-29. But, when detected early, skin cancer has a 98% survival rate.
Protecting your skin with a strong sunscreen is a critical component of a healthy skin routine. See how to select a high-quality sunscreen:
Here are some additional tips for sun safety and skin health:
- Have a skin cancer screening each year, and check your own body once a month for changes in the shape, size and color of moles.
- Don’t forget your ears, hands, feet and neck when applying sunscreen.
- Use sunscreen when driving on long road trips – windows do not protect you from the sun!
- Protect your lips since they have less melanin than the rest of your body.
- Use a golf-ball sized amount of sunscreen to be sure your entire body is protected.
- Make sure everything you wear offers sun protection, from hats to sunglasses to facial moisturizer.
- Wear protective clothing in addition to sunscreen.
- Set your watch to reapply sunscreen every two hours.
- Regardless of the weather and what season it is, always wear sunscreen.