A simple sunburn isn't just a sunburn–it can cause long-term damage to the skin. Did you know that just one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can more than double your risk for developing melanoma later on?
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and, according to the American Cancer Society, will account for more than 75,000 cases of skin cancer in 2012 and causes almost 9,000 deaths each year. When you plan your family's summer outings, make sure you know just how to stay protected from the sun's damaging effects. Here are some of the top sun protection tips you should know:
Avoid Peak Hours
If possible, avoid going in the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is most intense.
Use that SPF
Apply sunscreen before heading outdoors. Make sure you use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
Don't Forget to Reapply
Reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.
Head For Shade
When possible, seek shade under a picnic pavilion or umbrella.
Check the UV Index
The UV index indicated the levels of UV radiation in different parts of the country. It can be found daily on the EPA website. Check the UV index and avoid going outdoors on days when it is extremely high.
For more great information on keeping yourself and your family protected in the summer sun, check out this article from our Health Library. You can also visit us online or give us a call at 972-420-1000.