Skin is the body’s largest organ and skin cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. During UV Safety Month we want to remind Coloradans on some sun damage facts and tips. Please share this with you network, regardless of the state they live in. Skin cancer can happen anywhere!
- Exposure to the sun can cause heat exhaustion, dehydration, sunburn, skin cancer and wrinkles.
- Wear proper clothing when possible, i.e. long-sleeved shirts, pants.
- Remember to protect your head and eyes by wearing hats and sunglasses.
- Never stare at the sun!
- Stay in the shade when possible.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Wear SPF 30 sunscreen and apply multiple times per day (at least every 2 hours).
- Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your ears, back of neck, back of knees and under nose & chin.
- Reflective surfaces such as windows, water and snow can increase your chances of sunburn.
- UV rays are strongest between 10AM and 4pm. So try to avoid those times.
- Keep track of UV intensity scales so you know how to plan your day.
Stay safe and enjoy your summer!