Protect Yourself and Your Family from the Damaging Effects of the Sun
Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States and it is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Americans. According to the American Cancer Society, you can enjoy being out in the sun this summer and still protect yourself and your family against sun damage.
Simply staying in the shade is one of the best ways to limit your ultra-violet (UV) exposure. However, if you are going to be in the sun, “Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap” is a catchphrase that can help you remember some of the key steps you can take to protect yourself from damaging UV rays:
- Slip on a shirt.
- Slop on sunscreen.
- Slap on a hat.
- Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them.
Wearing protective clothing is also a good way to protect your skin. Dark, tightly-woven fabrics and clothing that covers most of your skin can block some of the sun’s harmful rays. Also, look for clothing that contains ultra-violet protection (UVP) labels. These labels indicate the amount of protection the clothing provides.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has a variety of sun-protection product suggestions for adults and children including clothing, laundry additives, cosmetics and umbrellas.
The American Academy of Dermatology provides information on:
- How to check your skin for skin cancer and spot cancerous moles.
- Where to get free skin cancer screenings by board certified Dermatologists.
- How to properly apply sunscreen.
- Information on community programs, events and resources dedicated to skin cancer prevention.
Whether you are cutting the grass, playing outdoors or spending the day at the beach, if you are out in the sun you have to protect your skin.
To learn more, watch the following videos and visit the websites below:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The American Academy of Dermatology
The Skin Cancer Foundation