Fourth of July Sun Safety

by: cancercompass

Independence Day weekend is a great time for barbeques, days at the beach, bikes rides, boat rides - basically time spent being outdoors.

While this is a time to celebrate our independence and share moments with family and friends, it's good to remember to be safe while enjoying that time in the sun.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing protective clothing like long pants and long-sleeved shirts, broad-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. It further recommends avoiding midday sun, instead opting for shade. Although there is recent controversy surrounding the effectiveness of sunscreen, the Skin Cancer Foundation does suggest using a broad spectrum sunscreen - SPF 15 or higher - and reapply every two hours.

According to the Foundation's website, "a sunburn may seem like just a temporary irritation, but it can cause long-lasting damage to your skin.  Children are especially at risk.  One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life."

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