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Keep Your Skin Safe Under the Sun

The most common type of cancer in America is skin cancer, but it is also one of the most preventable. Protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects that the sun has on your skin helps to reduce the risk of contracting the disease. The following steps have been proven to reduce the risks of skin cancer for many people.

Wear a shirt and hat. It's nice to show some skin in the hot summer months, but wearing clothing to protect your skin is the best way to reduce the sun’s impact on it. A hat also helps protect your eye from damage the sun case to them. Wear sunglasses for added protection of your eye and area around it.

Put on some sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 or more. Even if you wear clothing, sunscreen helps to protect areas that may be left exposed. However, if you're not wearing protective clothing sunscreen is vital. While not as effective as clothing at preventing UV radiation from getting to your skin, it is much better than taking no precautions at all.

Limiting the amount of time you expose yourself to the sun during its peak intensity also helps. The sun normally is most intense from around 10:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the evening. Try to avoid spending too much time outside during these hours if possible. However, even when it's cloudy or cool outside the sun's rays still hit the Earth, meaning it is still important to remember protection on days you might not associate with risk.

Over 75,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma every year. Another 3.5 million receive a diagnosis of less severe forms of skin cancer. However, taking steps like those above can help reduce or eliminate the risk skin cancer poses to you and your family. So, have fun outdoors but be safe no matter what the conditions may be.
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