be safe in the sun!

Summer is not only fun, prolonged exposure to the sun without protection entails many risks.
The best ways to lower the risk of skin cancer are to avoid long exposure to intense sunlight
and practice sun safety. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts
for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases
of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year.
Here are some ways to be sun safe:

  • Avoid exposure to strong sunlight (between 11 am and 16:30)

  • Wear sunglasses that provide effective protection

  • Always use a suitable sunscreen to your skin and apply it 30 minutes before sun exposure so it has time to penetrate the skin

  • Reapply the protector during the day, especially after going to the water

  • Do not wear perfume, shaving lotion or cosmetics containing alcohol that make the skin more sensitive to sunlight

  • Drink fluids often as they help hydrate your body and skin

Enjoy the Summer!

solar radiation

Solar radiation is the sum of direct solar radiation and diffuse, scattered by clouds and particles.
There is an exponential increase in solar radiation over the past two decades.

skin cancer facts

There are two types of skin cancer, the malignant melanoma, which is less common but more serious,
and non-melanoma skin cancer, which is very common but not so serious.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers
in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased
by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.
Approximately 2% of men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin at some point during their lifetime, based on 2008-2010 data. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer,
an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US.
BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US. The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma has been rising, with increases up to 200 percent over the past three decades in the US.
Half of all adults report at least one sunburn in the past 12 months.

everything under the sun

Follow these simple rules to avoid future problems,
and don't forget to enjoy the summer.