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Published on July 28, 2020

smiling girl with freckles with mom at lake

That Sun is Intense – Protect Your Skin

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. You can protect yourself and your family.

According to the American Cancer Society, most skin cancers are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, including both UVA and UVB rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, but be extra careful if you:

  • Have natural blond or red hair
  • Have freckles
  • Are fair skinned
  • Have a lot of moles, or large or irregular shaped moles

Here are some ways to protect yourself and your family to decrease your risk of skin cancer:

  • Wear sunscreen. Look for both UVA and UVB protection with at least SPF of 30 or more
  • Seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen at least every two hours and after being in the water
  • Even when it is cloudy apply sunscreen every two hours

Enjoy the warm days and have a wonderful summer!

Debbie Lancto is a Well-Being Specialist, LiveNOW

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