July 18, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)
Those of us who live in the hot Southwest desert of Arizona are no strangers to the effects of the sun. However, the summer months mean more sunshine for all areas of the country, so it is important to remember to protect our skin while having fun outdoors.
(1)Here are some interesting facts from the folks at Sun Safety Alliance:
- Even if it’s cloudy outside, you can still get sunburned.
- Keep children 6 months old and under out of the sun.
- Surfaces like water, sand and concrete can reflect 85%-90% of UV rays.
- Less Ozone means more harmful UV rays.
- Skin cancer cases are on the rise.
- Over 1.2 million cases of skin cancer are reported each year in the U.S.
- Melanoma kills on person per hour.
- One bad sunburn can double the chance of a child’s risk for skin cancer
Know the Dangers:
Ultraviolet rays (UV) are invisible and can cause bad sunburns and sometimes can cause skin cancer. There are three types of UV rays:
- UVA – Year-round rays. They can cause sun burns, premature aging and some skin cancer.
- UVB – The main cause of sun burns, premature aging and can lead to skin cancer.
- UVC – These get blocked by the earth’s ozone and never reach earth.
The worst time to be in the sun is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sun’s rays are the strongest then. If you’re out in the sun, it’s best to try to wear some kind of protection on your head, such as a wide brimmed hat and wear a good pair on sunglasses that filter out harmful UV rays. Always use sunscreen. It’s best to use one with an SPF of 15 or higher. Look for broad spectrum sunscreens that shield both UVA and UVB rays. You should use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 on your children. If you have thin hair, remember to apply sunscreen to your scalp too. If you notice any new or abnormal looking moles, dark spots, bumps or growths that change color or size, be sure to see a dermatologist right away.
You can easily avoid the dangers of overexposure to UV rays and keep yourself protected, while still having fun outdoors. Just remember these tips. For more great information, visit The Sun Safety Alliance website.