Sun Safety

As the weather warms up and we spend more time outdoors, we remind you to protect your skin from sun damage and prevent skin cancer. 

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests the following tips to protect your skin from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays!   

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  1. Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun's rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm.  If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  2. Wear protective clothing, such as lightweight long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
  3. Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.  Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
  4. When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  5. Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn
  6. Avoid tanning beds.  Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.
  7. Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

Perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early, when its most treatable and see a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding.