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July UV Awareness Month

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet
(UV) rays from the sun are the leading cause of skin cancer. July is UV
Awareness Month. During the month of July make sure to take action to
prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

Too much sunlight can cause several long-term health conditions:

  • Visual Impairment
  • A weakened immune system
  • Wrinkles and sunburns
  • Skin cancer

Prevent Getting Sunburned

Summertime means spending more time outside enjoying the nice hot air.
Make sure to check the local UV index before spending time at the pool,
going to the park, or even enjoying a walk with your Pokemon Go. Check
your sunscreen to make sure the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is between
30 and 50; no one wants burnt skin. Always apply sunscreen lotion 15 minutes
before going outside. You will need to reapply your sunscreen every two hours.

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun

Sunglasses can protect your eyes from UV rays on sunny days. If you are
indoors sitting near a window, you should still wear sunglasses. Too much
exposure to UV light can increase your risk of developing cataracts. Only
wear sunglasses that offer UV protection.

What Time is the Hottest During the Day

You should avoid sitting in the sun between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00
pm. You need to wear sunscreen throughout the year, and you need to apply
sunscreen more often if you are swimming or sweating. Some sunscreen lotions
are waterproof, but you should still apply more sunscreen whenever you
get out of the pool.